Who We Are
The state chapter of a national organization, Democrats for Education Reform CT advocates for change guided by progressive values. We seek to promote great educational opportunities and achievement for all by increasing equity, protecting civil rights, and strengthening the social safety net. We are building a political pipeline of Democratic leaders who will improve our education system so that it better serves students and families.
DFER CT, State Director
Amy Selib Dowell has been the DFER State Director in Connecticut since 2015. After nearly two decades of political work, she has served campaigns in New York City and State, in Connecticut, and on the National level, as well as non-profit organizations.
During her years as a campaign operative, Amy served as Finance Director for the successful Andrew Cuomo 2010 gubernatorial campaign from 2007 through 2009, and remained an advisor to the campaign and the Governor. She was also the lead political and fundraising consultant to the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli from 2009 until 2012 and worked with Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) and the non-profit Alliance for Justice. In 2013, she led fundraising efforts for NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s competitive primary race.
Amy served as Finance Director to former New York State Governor David A. Paterson during his successful run for Lieutenant Governor in 2006 and Deputy Finance Director for Democratic Nominee Fernando Ferrer’s mayoral campaign in 2005. Prior to her time in New York, Amy was the Manager of the Frontline/Red to Blue incumbent protection program in its inception year at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, DC.
Additionally, Amy was the Development Director for StudentsFirst in New York and Connecticut, the national education reform advocacy organization in 2012 and 2013.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison, was born and raised in Connecticut and lives there with her husband and two school aged children, Bea and Sam.
DFER CT, Deputy State Director
Prior to joining DFER CT in September 2018, Nicki was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, where she led their communications, development, and project management efforts. Nicki became involved in education policy efforts while earning her law degree at the University of Connecticut.
A native of Connecticut, Nicki is committed to narrowing the state's achievement gap, one of the widest in the nation, so that every child has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. She currently lives in Woodbridge with her husband, her son (the cutest baby on earth, and she's not even biased!), and her dog.
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