June 6, 2019

By Lily Doctoroff

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 Jacob below!

Tell us about yourself! What has your professional life looked like? How did you get your start in politics?

In a class during my freshman year of college, Kelly Dietrich happened to come in as a guest lecturer. At the end of the class, he said to email him if you were interested in an internship. Eventually, he asked me to meet for an interview and to tell me about an organization he was starting that would provide free campaign training to Democrats.

After this meeting, I’m proud to say I became NDTC’s very first intern. I spent my summer at NDTC working to build our fundraising list and reaching out to local leaders.

After that, I went on to intern for a Chicago alderwoman and work for an Illinois state representative throughout college. Then, to close out my studies, I moved to Ireland to work in parliament. After spending some time there, I moved back to Chicago and found my current home at NDTC.

What is your position at NDTC?

Communications Associate. In a nutshell, [what I do is] I help to run NDTC’s email programs, social media, press, and anything else that falls under the communications umbrella.

What is your favorite part about working at NDTC?

My favorite part about NDTC is the team culture. I genuinely enjoy being around my coworkers. We work in a fun building that hosts happy hours, has Ms. Pac-Man machines, and is fairly laid back. I enjoy coming [to] work every morning.

How do you practice self-care?

For me, self-care is best experienced while watching the Chicago Cubs play baseball. I live right next to Wrigley Field, so sometimes at the end of a long day or week, I best recuperate by sitting down and watching a ball game.

If you could tell all potential candidates ONE thing, what would it be?

There are more than 500,000 elected offices around the country. You can and SHOULD run for one of them.

Coffee or tea?

Neither, I’ll take a hot chocolate!

Favorite tv show?

The West Wing.

Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?


What are you currently reading?

The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America by Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman

Two of my favorite reporters wrote this book on the inner workings on Trump’s first two years in Washington. It’s an intriguing look into the people who run our country. I agree with Trevor Noah’s assessment that this book makes Congress look like Game of Thrones!

If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing?

I’d be chasing my dream of being on Survivor.

Biggest pet peeve?

Dirty dishes.

What is the theme song for your life?

The Imperial March by John Williams.

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.