About Lily Doctoroff

Lily was raised in Medfield, Massachusetts, a small town outside of Boston. She currently lives in Chicago while she attends college at the University of Chicago studying Political Science and Religious Studies with a concentration in American Politics. She is a member of the Communications team at NDTC.

NDTC in the News: September Edition

With the arrival of October and the official beginning of fall, it’s time for the September edition of NDTC in the News!  September was a busy month for NDTC. With the Democratic debate in Houston and numerous Live Trainings all over the country, NDTC and founder and CEO Kelly Dietrich earned a substantial amount of news coverage.  Let’s get started!  [...]

October 11th, 2019

NDTC in the News: August Edition

It’s hard to believe August is already over, but welcome to NDTC in the News! This past month was action-packed, and NDTC had its fair share of news coverage. In the aftermath of the Democratic debates in Detroit, NDTC’s CEO and Founder Kelly Dietrich appeared in several local and national publications to discuss the performances of several 2020 candidates. He offered [...]

September 4th, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Allyson Raines

Here at NDTC, we are incredibly lucky to have plenty of talented and hard-working staff to help Democrats all across the country.  This month we want to spotlight one member of our staff, Allyson Raines, who lends her talents to our Staff Academy Program. Allyson’s grassroots background and dedication to reproductive rights make her an amazing addition to the NDTC [...]

August 29th, 2019

Trainer Spotlight: Ibie Hart

We are incredibly lucky to have many talented trainers who run our Blue Bench Trainings across the country.  This month we want to spotlight Ibie Hart, one of our trainers who specializes in teaching our Story of Self courses.  Read on to learn more about Ibie and what makes her such a fantastic trainer!  How did you start in politics? [...]

August 20th, 2019

Overcoming the Struggles of a School Board Candidate

The Importance of School Board Elections School board elections are incredibly important. Though many people discount the influence of their local school board, the group makes a huge difference in the community. The school board often has a more direct effect than either state or federal government officials. To give you an idea of the influence of school board officials, [...]

August 13th, 2019

Candidate Spotlight: Aura Vasquez

I am Aura Vasquez, a candidate for Los Angeles City Council. I am an Afro-Latina immigrant from Colombia who has fought for environmental and social justice and lifted the voices of those who have gone unheard. In my city, I’ve led campaigns to ban single-use plastic bags and secure a commitment by the City of Los Angeles to go coal-free [...]

July 30th, 2019

A Guide to Political Networking

Relationships Matter  It’s incredibly important for all candidates to remember that no campaign is won alone. Successful campaigns are the result of a strong network of family, friends, and supporters. These are the people who organize and mobilize voters to help your campaign succeed!  But first thing’s first - how do you create a network?  We wanted to create a [...]

July 23rd, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Anthony Robinson

Here at National Democratic Training Committee, we are lucky to have incredible staff who work tirelessly to help Democrats run for office all over the country. Earlier this month we were lucky enough to have Anthony Robinson (aka "Rob"), our new Political Director, begin working with us. Rob has been a fantastic addition to our team, and we think others would [...]

July 16th, 2019

Life on the Campaign Trail

Expectation vs. Reality  According to movies and TV, life on the campaign trail is constant work, but rather glamorous. Think of shows like The West Wing and Scandal - huge staff, endless budgets, and incredibly high stakes.  While it’s true a campaign is a lot of work, these programs don’t really show what life is actually like on the campaign [...]

July 9th, 2019

How to Make the Most of Call Time

There are three limited resources on every campaign: time, money, and people Every campaign needs money in order to be successful, but there are only so many hours in the day and so many people to help you fundraise. So, knocking on every constituent's door to ask for donations probably isn’t the best way to go about raising money. What [...]

June 18th, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Jacob Vurpillat

It’s the combined effort of many talented and dedicated staff members that allows NDTC to provide Democrats everywhere with the tools they need to successfully run for office. This month, we want to spotlight Jacob Vurpillat, a member of NDTC's communications team who helps spread the organization's work and message far and wide! Take a look at our conversation with [...]

June 6th, 2019

Candidate Political Campaign District Overview Template

Where You’re At In order to plan your campaign, it’s important to have a comprehensive understanding of your district. After all, this will be the area, people, and community that you’ll represent when you win! For our final installment of our series on how to use NDTC’s campaign plan template, we’re talking about creating your district overview. A district overview [...]

May 30th, 2019