Our Team

Julia Baumel
Julia Baumel
Policy Analyst

During her time at The New Center, Julia has focused on infrastructure policy, social policy, and government reform. Her previous work experience ranges from lobbying to nonprofit law. Outside of the office, she enjoys playing tennis with friends, watching and 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.

Governance, Social Policy, Economy
Zane Heflin
Zane Heflin
Policy Analyst

Zane is a policy analyst at The New Center, focusing on economic policy, foreign policy, and education. He previously worked in international economic policy research, event organizing, and local politics. Zane earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from George Washington University. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing chess, studying Arabic, and cheering on the Chicago Bears.              

Economy, National Security
Olive Morris
Olive Morris
Policy Analyst

During her time at The New Center, Olive has focused on health care and technology policy.  She previously worked in international public policy and market access consulting for the world’s leading technology companies.  She studied international business & diplomacy at Georgetown University (M.A., Washington, D.C.) and international affairs at the University of South Carolina (B.A., Columbia, SC). She enjoys running, literature, Thai food, and competitive board games.

Technology, Health Care
Aleksandra Srdanovic
Aleksandra Srdanovic
Policy Analyst

Aleksandra is a policy analyst at The New Center focusing on environmental policy, energy, and national security. She previously worked in legislative affairs, on a presidential campaign, and in consulting. Aleksandra earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, with concentrations in Asian Studies and International Politics. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, eating ramen, and hanging out with her cats.

National Security, Climate and Energy
Alex Varisco
Alex Varisco
Digital Strategist

Alex is a digital strategist and political marketer with experience spanning multiple state and national election cycles. Passionate about new media, emerging technology and keeping up with the blistering pace of today’s breaking news, Alex is always searching for the next big digital thing. When he is not optimizing user experiences or compulsively refreshing Twitter, Alex can be found hanging out with his dog Jennifer and his partner Whitney somewhere within the swampier parts of the D.C. area.

Avi Gulati
Avi Gulati
Policy Research Intern

Avi Gulati is a sophomore at Harvard University concentrating in Computer Science. Previously, he worked on public policy with a team at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science by evaluating census data for the American Civil Liberties Union. Avi applied legal and quantitative analyses in the hopes of mitigating racial gerrymandering in Georgia. At the Harvard Institute of Politics, he facilitated civic discussions with Bill Kristol on the future of the Republican Party. Avi comes to the New Center with a passion for depolarizing America and helping shape the lasting values of the center.

Thomas O’Rourke
Thomas O’Rourke
Policy Research Intern

Thomas O’Rourke is a junior at Emory University studying Economics as well as Philosophy, Politics, and Law. Prior to The New Center, he interned at a Massachusetts think tank, conducting state-level policy research. Thomas holds a wide array of research interests ranging from governance studies and social policy to economic and technology policy. A native of the greater Boston area, he enjoys cheering on the Red Sox, long distance running, and skiing.