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?

In law school, I wrote legislation with Senator Lightford

When I had to work that bill in Springfield and talk to stakeholders for the vote, I instantly fell in love with the whole process. After that, I became the chair for a mass incarceration task force working on bail reform. That’s where I learned what it was like to be on the grassroots side of politics. 

My first political job was as a youth organizer at Common Cause, then I became the state outreach and engagement manager running all their money in politics campaigns. 

Today, I am chief of Staff for State Senator Robert Peters and I am honored to still be organizing in the role.

What inspired or compelled you to start training with NDTC? 

I believe in the down-ballot revolution and this is how I do my part. 

What is your favorite part about the trainings?


How do you practice self-care?

I practice mindfulness, honor Sunday Sabbath and paint canvasses.

What’s a piece of advice you’d like to give to other candidates or potential candidates?

If you get the job, trust that your experience has given you enough knowledge and be yourself.

Coffee or tea?

Tea…I’m British so it’s in my blood

Favorite tv show?

Being Mary Jane

Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?


What are you currently reading?

The Book of Peter in the Bible 

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

I would be a social justice artist, owning my own gallery 

Biggest pet peeve?


What is the theme song for your life?

Truth Hurts by Lizzo 


Come Meet Ibie at a Training Near You

Come meet Ibie and some of our other amazing trainers at a Blue Bench Training near you. 

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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.