Sydney Watnick stands in front of a window, with city buildings in the background.

Sydney Watnick


Sydney helps drive New Deal Strategies’ issue-based and electoral campaigns, drawing on years of experience on campaigns across the country. Most recently, Sydney was the Field Director for NYC Test and Trace Corps; serving a key role in building out and executing a robust outreach program to educate New Yorkers about COVID-19 vaccination and prevention; with a particular focus on training and mobilizing trusted messengers and partners in underserved areas. 

On electoral campaigns, Sydney has scaled and managed 100+ person teams and multi-million dollar budgets to win close elections, strengthen communities, and build the bench of progressive champions. This work taught her to think creatively on her feet to solve problems big and small, create strong and scalable organizational systems, and build inclusive and intentional team culture on the ground and in the office. 

A proud product of NYC public schools (where she started organizing!), Sydney studied Fine Art and American Studies at Kenyon College in Ohio.

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