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.

We recruit recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and train 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.

Expand the number of immigrants in leadership positions.

Increase voter participation in immigrant communities.

Provide immigrant voters with more opportunities to engage with leaders who reflect their unique experiences.

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

Mario E. Diaz

President, MED Associates

Nina Spensley

Independent Film Producer

Official Airline Partner

  • Our Advisory Committee

    Adriana Barboza


    Raquel Castaneda-Lopez

    Detroit, Michigan City Council Member

    Ana Grande

    Adjunct Professor, Mount St. Mary’s University*

    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)

    Rebecca Jimenez

    Mayor, Guadalupe, Arizona

    Jorge Montalvo

    Director, New York State Office of New Americans*

    Jose F. Moreno

    Chair, Dept of Chicano and Latino Studies, Cal State Long Beach

    John Miyasato

    Principal, Crossroads Campaigns

    Mike Moschella

    Vice President of Organizing, NationBuilder

    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

  • Our Partners

  • 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