Founder and President


Training Faculty


Board of Advisors

Sayu Bhojwani
Founder and President, The New American Leaders Project

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez
Detroit City Council Member

Wallace D'Souza
Chief Financial Officer, Planned Parenthood of America

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

Chris Fowler
Consultant, US Chapter Head of BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network

John Loredo
Partner, Southwest Policy Advisors, LLC

Carlos Menchaca
New York City Council Member

Carolyn Sauvage-Mar
Nonprofit Consultant

Nina Spensley
Independent Film Producer

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

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

Advisory Committee

Adriana Barboza
Senior Principal, Wellstone Action

Stephanie Gray Chang
Michigan State Representative, District 6*

Mario E. Diaz
President, MED Associates

Petra Falcon
Executive Director, Promise Arizona

Lucy Flores
Former Nevada Assemblywoman

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
President, Boston City Council

* indicates NALP Ready to Lead alumnus

Who We Are

The New American Leaders Project is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office. We believe that when our elected officials mirror the makeup of our nation, we achieve stronger communities, a more responsive government and a robust democracy.

What We Do

Our democracy is stronger when everyone is included and everyone participates. Unfortunately, our elected representatives, from City Council to Congress, do not reflect our country’s diverse population. NALP is the only national, nonpartisan organization focused on bringing New Americans into the political process. We accomplish our goals by:
  • Training and inspiring immigrant leaders of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to run for office.
  • Building partnerships and coalitions among New American elected officials so they can advance more inclusive policies from state to state.
  • Researching solutions to create a more diverse leadership and make the political system more accessible to all Americans.

Our 2015-2016 Supporters

BMW Foundation

Color of Democracy Fund

Denver Foundation

Ford Foundation

Four Freedoms Fund of NEO Philanthropy

German Marshall Fund

Kindling Fund of the North Star Fund

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

New York Community Trust

Pacific Gas & Electric

Panta Rhea Foundation

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Southwest Airlines

Unbound Philanthropy

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Official Airline Partner