Founder and President


Training Faculty


Board of Advisors

Sayu Bhojwani
President and Founder, The New American Leaders Project

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

Chris Fowler
Vice President, Trilogy Interactive

S. Mitra Kalita
Commentary Editor, Quartz

Maria Mottola
Executive Director, The New York Foundation

Carolyn Sauvage-Mar
Senior Fellow, Community Resource Exchange

Matthew Schwieger
Political Consultant

Basil Smikle
Political Consultant

Nina Spensley
Independent Film Producer

Advisory Committee

Stephanie Berger
President, Berger Hirschberg Strategies

Toby Chaudhuri
Partner, Tobiko Strategies

Stephanie Gray Chang
NALP alumna

Sandy Close
Executive Director, New America Media

Petra Falcon
Executive Director, Promise Arizona

Ryan Friedrichs
former Executive Director, State Voices

DeeDee Garcia
former President, Somos Republicans

John Miyasato
Principal, Crossroads Campaigns

Mike Moschella
Vice President of Organizing,

Mee Moua
Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center

Rudy Lopez
Deputy Director of Politics, Center for Community Change/ICIRR

Suman Raghunathan
Executive Director, South Asians Leading Together (SAALT)

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

Aparna Shah
Coordinating Director, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV)

Audrey Singer
Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings

Sujata Sinha Mitra
Communications and Public Relations Professional

Rich Stolz
Executive Director, OneAmerica

Steve Tobacman
Director, Global Detroit

Erin Vilardi
formerly Vice President of Programs and Communications, The White House Project

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 Supporters

Atlantic Philanthropies
BMW Foundation
Case Foundation
Color of Democracy Fund
Ford Foundation
Four Freedoms Fund
Kellogg Foundation
The New World Foundation
New Venture Fund
Ong Family Foundation
Panta Rhea Foundation
The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation
Unbound Philanthropy

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