Our Team

Instructional Staff of the 5th Annual Ornstein Summer Debate Institute (2019) at Trinity Washington University

Program Director: David Trigaux

David Trigaux is the Program Director for the Washington Urban Debate League. He wears many hats around the WUDL, ranging from coach training and curriculum development to grant writing, volunteer management, and fundraising support.

David has coached high school debate for nine years, including several qualifiers to the Tournament of Champions and finalists at other national competitions. He has also worked with the National Democracy Institute to design international debate curriculum. Several of David's former students are now in college on debate scholarships. 

Outside of debate, David has worked in politics, as a consultant, researcher, and campaign staffer.

David was recently named one of the National After-school Association's Next Generation Leaders for 2019. 

Program Coordinator: Dara Davis

Dara Davis is an urban debate alumna who participated in policy debate for Chicago's Lane Tech from 2009-2013.

 

Shortly after, she enjoyed a successful Parliamentary debate career at Loyola University under coach David Romanelli. She has served as a coach and mentor, including of several TOC qualifiers and state champions, a judge and tournament operator for Chicago Debates, and is now the newest Program Coordinator here at WUDL.

She is passionate about coach and student growth in the activity and is excited to be here in DC. 

Development: Datoc Witten Group

The Datoc-Witten Group is a group of professional fundraisers that specialize in building capacity for non-profit groups. You can learn more about their work here. 

From Left: Attorney Jonathan Gonzalez, WUDL Board Member (2016-2018) Richard Day, and Program Director David Trigaux at dinner after the 3rd annual Matthew H Ornstein Summer Debate Institute.

WUDL Tournament Staff:

Tournament Director: David Trigaux

Registration and Hospitality: 

Guillermo Vidaurre 

Tab Staff: 

Kency Nittler, Megan Ross, and Ethan Van Ness

Judge Training: 

Novice:

Kathy Beckman

Intermediate and Advanced:

Nate Salminen

Joe Karam

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