Our Team

Julia Baumel
Julia Baumel
Senior Policy Analyst

Julia joined The New Center as a Policy Analyst in 2018. She covers social policy, government reform, and other domestic policy topics. Outside of the office, she enjoys playing tennis with friends, performing stand-up comedy, and cooking. She spent four years on the women’s varsity lightweight rowing team at Harvard and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in government and a secondary in psychology. She will start law school at Georgetown in the fall of 2022.

Peyton Lofton
Peyton Lofton
Policy Analyst

Peyton is a Policy Analyst at The New Center. He graduated from Tulane University where he studied political science and French and created a student-led think tank. His previous roles have been in policy research and outreach. Outside of the office, he enjoys cooking Cajun food, playing rugby, and rooting for his Tulane Green Wave.

Lilah Connell
Lilah Connell
Policy Analyst

Lilah is a Policy Analyst at The New Center. She graduated from Vanderbilt University where she studied Public Policy and Asian Studies with a China concentration and served as president of a student activist group. She has experience in consulting and advocacy work focusing on a range of topics including US-China relations and social policy. In her free time, she enjoys running on the National Mall, traveling, and gardening.

Ben Link
Ben Link
Policy Research Intern

Ben is a Policy Intern with the New Center. He is a senior at Tulane University majoring in Political Economy and Economics. He is also the Director of Campus Affairs for the Wave Center, a policy-focused club, and has emceed two events that focus on local policy-related issues like wind energy development off the Gulf Coast. When not reading Politico or The Hill, Ben likes to play basketball and watch Pelicans games. He is also conversational in German.

Julia Temple
Julia Temple
Policy Research Intern

Julia is a Policy Research Intern for The New Center. She is a Junior at Cornell University majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and minoring in Human Development and Demography. At Cornell, she is the Assistant Education Center Director for Cornell’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute as well as a research assistant for two of her professors. In her free time, Julia enjoys going to the gym, hiking in Ithaca, and journaling.