President and CEO
Jill is the co-founder and President of Project New America. She has over 25 years experience in state and national politics, non-profit management and civic engagement activities. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance which was established to provide a mainstream faith-based voice in civic and political discourse. She has worked for United States Senators Gary Hart of Colorado, Tom Harkin of Iowa and Barbara Boxer of California. She served as Vice President of the Center for National Policy, a national think tank based in Washington, DC and worked for the Democratic National Committee under Chairmen Paul Kirk and Ron Brown managing the DNC's State Party Fundraising Program. Jill moved back to Colorado with her family in 2000 from Washington, D.C. She has been active in state and local community affairs and politics. She launched Project New West in 2007.
Vice President and Director of Research
David Winkler is the Research Director at Project New America. He ensures that our products and services meet the diverse needs of clients and subscribers. He has collaborated with over two dozen top research firms to measure public opinion on topics ranging from the issue of college affordability to electoral races at every level in the West and beyond. Before joining PNA, David’s work included extensive experience with political campaigns, ballot measures, issue advocacy, civic engagement and community organizing. David is a contributing author to the book "How the West was Warmed."
Senior Project Manager
Patrice has worked in politics, the nonprofit sector and private sector. She worked for Senators Tim Wirth, Bob Kerrey and also worked for EMILY’s List, The Interfaith Alliance, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Energize New York. While in the private sector, Patrice worked in the family business for a decade, providing Government Relations, product development and eventually running a subsidiary where she managed over 200 employees and doubled the company’s market share in just over three years.
Chris Harder received his bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Iowa and spent a semester doing research in Durban, South Africa. While living in Iowa he worked for the Iowa Democratic Party and U.S. Census Bureau. After spending nearly a year doing surveys for the National Opinion Research Center in Des Moines and Chicago, he moved to Denver to further his career in social science research. He has worked at Project New America since July 2012.
Emmy received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Colorado College. As a macro-level sociologist with a passion for quantitative research, she is committed to utilizing different methods of social research as a more effective way of driving social change. After graduation, her combined interest in applied social research, public policy, and social justice led her to join the Obama campaign, OFA-Colorado. After Obama’s re-election, Emmy joined Project New America to further her knowledge and experience with social research as a means to effect greater change.