New American Leaders

Grant Type: General Operating

Duration: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024

Organization Overview

New American Leaders (NAL) is building a more inclusive democracy by preparing first- and second-generation Americans to run for office, win their campaigns, and lead in elected office. NAL embraces the immigrant experience as a civic leadership asset and provides opportunities that support participants throughout their leadership journey, from early recruitment to success in office.


Founded in 2010, New American Leaders (NAL) empowers New Americans to realize their voice and power in our democracy so they can drive change. NAL’s programming includes building the bench through introductory and advanced candidate and campaign manager training, individual coaching, skills webinars, and networking events. NAL also supports a national Elected Officials Network with learning trips, policy convenings, and peer networking. Finally, NAL employs strategic communications, using earned media, social media, and original research to amplify the impact of the New American electorate and New American elected officials, challenging assumptions about who can participate, who can win, and who should lead. NAL’s programs promote collaboration and create a sense of belonging, especially among women, to encourage New Americans to run. We recruit a broad intersection of underrepresented ethnicities and identities. In 2021-2023, 94% of our training participants self-identified as people of color, 58% were women, and 15% were LGBTQ+. Program alumni and elected officials collaborate as advisors, networkers, and advocacy partners for NAL’s work. They also form local ecosystems that can impact the drafting of relevant legislation impacting immigrant communities and other under-resourced constituencies.

Year founded: 2010

Location: New York, NY