New American Leaders’ Sayu Bhojwani

In Her Own Words

Sayu Bhojwani, President, New American Leaders

As an immigrant to America, I have had to learn the hard way that doors don’t open easily—especially when it comes to leadership opportunities. I created NAL because there was no national organization that focused on tapping into one of the country’s most robust natural resources for innovation and leadership—our newest Americans.

I tell people, ‘It’s not you, it’s the broken systems that make it hard for people like us to run and win.’

When our elected officials mirror the makeup of our nation, we achieve stronger communities, a more responsive government, and a robust democracy.

In 2016, in an election cycle filled with xenophobia and racism, 67 percent of our alumni won office, often unseating incumbents from their own parties.

Loving your neighbor is more than just a platitude.

It’s about seeing how your struggle is tied to the struggle of others, how your success is tied to others’ success.

We all need to measure our success by the number of helpful actions we take every day.

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