Founder and President


Training Faculty


Board of Advisors

Sayu Bhojwani
President and Founder, The New American Leaders Project

Mario E. Diaz
President, MED Associates

Wallace D'Souza
Chief Financial Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Brian Feldman
Partner and General Manager of Allison+Partners' Atlanta and DC offices

Chris Fowler
Vice President of Business Development, Creative Science Labs

S. Mitra Kalita
Managing Editor for Editorial Strategy, Los Angeles Times

Carolyn Sauvage-Mar
Senior Fellow, Community Resource Exchange

Carlos Menchaca
New York City Council Member

Nina Spensley
Independent Film Producer

Liz Espin Stern
Partner and Head, Global Mobility & Migration Practice at Mayer Brown

Tom Wong
Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego

Advisory Committee

Adriana Barboza
Senior Principal, Wellstone Action

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez
Detroit, Michigan City Council Member

Stephanie Gray Chang
Michigan State Representative, District 6*

Petra Falcon
Executive Director, Promise Arizona

Mary Anne Foo
Executive Director, Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

Ana Grande
Adjunct Professor, Mount St. Mary’s University*

Rebecca Jimenez
Mayor, Guadalupe, Arizona

Joseph Larios
Executive Director, Arizona Center for Neighborhood Leadership

John Miyasato
Principal, Crossroads Campaigns

Jorge Montalvo
Director, New York State Office of New Americans*

Jose F. Moreno
Chair, Dept of Chicano and Latino Studies, Cal State Long Beach

Mike Moschella
Vice President of Organizing, NationBuilder

Maria Mottola
Executive Director, The New York Foundation

Uduak Ntuk*

Stephanie Parra
Governing School Board Member, Ward 3 Phoenix Union High School District*

Angelica Salas
Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Raquel Teran
Arizona State Director, Mi Familia Vota*

Theresa Tran
Executive Director, APIAVote-Michigan*

Michelle Wu
Boston, Massachusetts City Council Member

* indicates NALP Ready to Lead alumnus

Who We Are

The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is the only national nonpartisan organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. Nearly one in five Americans are either immigrants or were born in the U.S. to at least one immigrant parent. At NALP, we believe that through civic engagement and leadership, first- and second-generation immigrants can help strengthen the fabric of American democracy.

What We Do

The New American Leaders Project recruits recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and trains them in the key skills needed for leadership from the community to the Capitol. We provide new American leaders with a non-partisan, safe space in which they can learn about the challenges and opportunities of citizenship commitment and determine how they can best contribute to making our democracy stronger and more vibrant. Our goals are threefold: to expand the number of immigrants in leadership positions, increase voter participation in immigrant communities and allow immigrant voters more opportunities to engage with leaders who reflect their unique experiences.

Our 2015 Supporters

BMW Foundation
Color of Democracy Fund
Denver Foundation
Ford Foundation
Four Freedoms Fund/NEO Philanthropy
Helga Breuninger Foundation
Kindling Fund/North Star Fund
New York Community Trust
Office of New York City Council Member Brad Lander
Pacific Gas & Electric
Panta Rhea Foundation
Unbound Philanthropy
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Young Latino Philanthropist/Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

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