Development and Communications Coordinator
Instructional Staff of the 5th Annual Ornstein Summer Debate Institute (2019) at Trinity Washington University
WUDL Tournament Staff:
Tournament Director: Dara Davis
Registration and Hospitality:
Ethan Van Ness
Judge Training Coordinator:
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.
David Trigaux: Program Director
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 attended college on debate scholarships.
Outside of debate, David has worked in politics, as a consultant, researcher, and campaign staffer. He has also consulted with the National Democracy Institute to design international debate curriculum.
David was recently named one of the National After-school Association's Next Generation Leaders for 2019.
Dara Davis: Programming Manager
Dara Davis is an urban debate alumna who participated in policy debate for the Chicago Debate League'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.
Since starting at the WUDL, she has expanded debate to new schools across the D.C. area, managed our transition online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and lead our travel team, increasing our competitiveness and continuing our streak of winning Middle School Nationals under her leadership. She was recently selected as an NFHS Topic Fellow.
She is passionate about coach and student growth in the activity and is excited to be here in DC.
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.
Sophia Dal Pra: Summer Fellow
Sophia Dal Pra is a rising sophomore at the University of Kentucky. Along with her extensive competitive experience in Policy Debate throughout both high school and college, Sophia has been a debate coach for almost as long as she has been involved in the activity itself. She has worked previously with other debate-centered organizations, including the Sacremento Urban Debate League, Triumph Debate, and the Bluegrass Debate Coalition.
Sophia’s passion for debate comes with a strong belief of the unique way that debate uses friendly competition as an educational tool, and she strives to make debate more inclusive for all. She has worked with Speech and Debate Stories, and organization dedicated to equity in debate, and has been featured in a Huffington Post article speaking on issues of gender inclusion.
Natty De Leon: Summer Fellow
Natty De Leon is a rising junior at Mount Holyoke College and a Posse Miami Scholar. She is originally from the Dominican Republic, but has lived in Miami, FL for the past five years. When she were in high school, she joined the Miami-Dade County Urban Debate League (MDUDL), which played a great role in helping Natty become the woman that she is today. The experience provided her with the necessary tools and mentoring to succeed in high school and college. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, watching long social commentaries videos on Youtube, and cooking!
She is really excited to embark on this adventure with the Washington Urban Debate League and hopes to serve the DC community well!