New American Leaders

Grant Type: General Operating

Duration: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Organization Overview

New American Leaders (NAL) is building a more inclusive democracy by training first- and second-generation Americans to run, win, and lead in elected office. NAL conducts a candidate training program rooted in five states, supports a national network of state and local elected officials, and champions policy change that creates a more inclusive and transparent democracy.


Founded in 2010, New American Leaders (NAL) embraces the immigrant experience as a leadership asset for campaigns and elected office. Their unique approach supports emerging leaders throughout their leadership journey, from early recruitment to success in office. NAL’s programming includes building the bench through introductory and advanced candidate and campaign manager training, fellowships, individual coaching, skills webinars, and networking events. They also support a national elected officials network with learning trips, policy convenings, and peer networking. Finally, they employ strategic communications, using earned media, social media, and original research to amplify the impact of New American elected officials and challenge assumptions about 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. They recruit a broad intersection of underrepresented ethnicities and identities. In 2021-2022, 98% of their training participants were people of color, 70% were women, and 26% were LGBTQ+. Program alumni and elected officials collaborate as advisors, networkers, and advocacy partners, forming local ecosystems that can impact pending legislation and reach often-overlooked neighborhoods. NAL is empowering New Americans to realize their voice and power in our democracy so they can drive change. Their network of “NALpistas” engage marginalized communities as voters and volunteers during campaigns and as partners in policy-making in office.

Year founded: 2010

Location: New York, NY