Our Team

David Trigaux
David Trigaux

Director of Programming and Development

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Sierra Wood
Sierra Wood

Development and Communications Coordinator

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Dr. Omar Price
Dr. Omar Price

Program Coordinator

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WUDL McAlister pic_edited

Program Associate

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Danielle Dupree
Danielle Dupree

Program Associate

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

WUDL Tournament Staff:

Tournament Director: 

Omar Price

Registration and Hospitality: 

David Trigaux

Tab Staff: 

Kency Nittler

Ohm Gore

Ethan Van Ness

Judge Training Coordinator: 

Kathy Beckman

Staff Biographies: 

David Trigaux: Director of Programming and Development

David Trigaux wears many hats around the WUDL, ranging from coach training and curriculum development to grant writing, volunteer management, and fundraising support. He also works with the Board to determine the strategic direction of the organization. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from just over 100 students to serving thousands each year.

A former high school and college debater, David has coached debate for more than a decade. While he believes that the greatest benefits of debate aren’t tied to wins and loses but his students have achieved competitive success along the way, include many qualifiers and break round participants at the Tournament of Champions, NSDA, NCFL, the UDNC. Many of David's former students (pre-WUDL), and many WUDL students have been awarded college scholarships for debate. 

Outside of debate, David has worked in politics, as a consultant, researcher, and campaign staffer. Lately, he's worked to develop an international debate and civic discourse curriculum, served on the Board of Directors for Pay our Interns, a non-profit dedicated to advocating for paid internships in the public and private sector, and been active in local politics. 

David was named one of the National After-school Association's Next Generation Leaders for 2019, and was accepted into CityBridge's Design Studio Incubator, Louise Burrell Miller cohort for new program design. 

Sierra Wood: Development Coordinator

Sierra Wood brings fundraising experience from the political and non-profit world to her role as Development Coordinator. In this capacity, she is responsible for grant, foundation, and donor relations work, along with communications efforts.

 

Sierra began her debate career in the Houston Urban Debate League, competing in Policy Debate for the Houston Academy for International Studies. She later moved to Washington, D.C. to attend the American University where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a focus on Identity, Race, Gender and Culture. Upon graduating, Sierra taught Public Forum debate in Vancouver, Canada before returning to D.C. to work in non-profit fundraising. Sierra began working with the Washington Urban Debate League in 2017 as a volunteer judge and Head Debate Coach at DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus.

 

Sierra is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, and listening to music in her spare time. She is passionate about the self-advocacy that comes from participating in debate and the doors the activity opens for debaters.

Dr. Omar Price: Program Coordinator

Dr. Omar S. Price is a native of Saginaw, Michigan and a graduate of Alabama A&M University, University of Louisville, and Morgan State University. He has over ten years of experience as an educator at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.

 

He has worked and volunteered with WUDL since 2015. During his time coaching (DuVal High School) in the Washington Urban Debate League, he was awarded WUDL Coach of the Year in 2018, coached two WUDL Debaters of the Year, two National Urban Debater of the Year finalists in 2019 and the 2019 National Urban Debater of the Year winner, three teams to qualify for the National Urban Debate League Championship Tournament, and twice won the WUDL Sweepstakes Award. Dr. Price is excited to join the staff of WUDL as program coordinator.

McAlister Clabaugh: Program Associate

McAlister Clabaugh joins WUDL after serving as a volunteer since 2016, developing a strong appreciation for the WUDL community and the benefits debate brings to students, which reflect his experiences as a high school and college debater. 

McAlister brings a public policy and non-profit background to WUDL, having spent twelve years at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. At NASEM, he conducted studies on a range of issues focused on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He also worked for the 2020 Census. 

 

He received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. In his spare time, he likes to cook, play board games, and argue with old debate friends. 

Danielle Dupree: Program Associate

Hey there! My name is Danielle Dupree, I'm a Howard University student from PG County, MD. Throughout my 4 years at Duval High School, I was a debater. Once I graduated, I volunteered as a judge & coach for 3 more years. My experience with debaters has helped me develop as a judge, then as a coach. Now I am able to use my young age and freshness out of debate in order to relate to students and help them grow in their own relationships with debate. I'm so excited to join the team and add another layer of growth to my relationship with debate and with my students."