New American Leaders is a nonprofit organization that recruits people of immigrant heritage to run for elected office in the United States.

New American Leaders
FounderSayu Bhojwani
Region served
United States

Programs edit

Through "Ready to Win", New American Leaders recruits first- and second-generation Americans to run for public office, and provides training to help get them elected including topics such as fundraising, navigating campaigns, and leveraging their identities to connect with broad voter bases.[1][2] The training includes discussions of American values, identity, and xenophobia.[3] The goal of electing officials with immigrant heritage is to elevate the discussion of immigration in the United States,[4] and for elected officials to reflect the reality that one in four U.S. citizens is an immigrant or a child of immigrants.[5]

According to the organization's 2019 study of the American Community Survey, naturalized citizens make up hundreds of thousands of eligible voters in so-called swing states and could prove influential in presidential elections.[6]

History edit

New American Leaders was founded in 2010 by Sayu Bhojwani.[4]

From 2011 to 2015, 33 alumni of its trainings ran for elected office, of whom ten won their races, and others took positions in public service.[4]

In 2016, the organization led its first all-female training in New York.

In 2018, nearly 50 alumni ran for public office across the country,[7] of whom 18 won their races in state assemblies, city councils and school boards.[8] Catalina Cruz credits the training as having helped her raise nearly $200,000 in her successful primary bid for New York State Assembly representing Jackson Heights, Queens in 2018, becoming the first DREAMer elected to that legislative body.[8]

As of April 2019, the organization had trained more than 600 candidates in eight states, not only focusing on political races where the racial composition is favorable to a particular minority.[7]

In September 2019, the organization launched "Boss Ladies" trainings for young women to serve as staff on political campaigns.[2][9]

In January 2020, New American Leaders received a three-year grant of $1.5 million from the Ascend Fund to recruit and train women candidates.[10][11]

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ Das, Kavita (December 15, 2014). "Turning Today's Immigrants into Tomorrow's Leaders". NBC News. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Melwani, Lavina (December 13, 2019). "2020 US elections: Meet the boss ladies who are changing the narrative of political leadership". Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Robbins, Liz (June 15, 2016). "For Women of Immigrant Heritage, the ABC's of Running for Office". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c West, Melanie Grayce (May 10, 2016). "Changing the Immigration Debate by Electing Immigrants to Office". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Rajan, Sujeet (November 6, 2018). "Immigrants vs rich, White incumbents – Sayu Bhojwani's take on American politics | News India Times". Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Barrón-López, Laura (November 19, 2019). "Study: New citizens could swing battleground states in 2020". POLITICO. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Bunch, Will (October 15, 2018). "Knocking at Democracy's Door". Teachers College - Columbia University. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c Bunch, Will (April 9, 2019). "Repurposing the Dream". Teachers College - Columbia University. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "Politics workshop empowers women to get in campaign shape". KIRO. September 28, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Travers, Julia (March 2, 2020). "Off the Sidelines: The Fund Propelling Women Into Office". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Philanthropist fund backs women to run in U.S. elections". Reuters. January 14, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  12. ^ Valdez, Maria G. (September 14, 2019). "From Undocumented to Congresswoman: Isela Blanc Looks Back at Her Past to Create a Better Future". POPSUGAR Latina. Retrieved March 15, 2020.

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