About Sayu Bhojwani

Sayu Bhojwani is a democracy activist, TED speaker, and immigrant rights advocate. As founder and president of New American Leaders, she recruits, trains, and supports movement leaders to run for office and become the leaders our country needs. Through writing and speaking, she advocates for systems change that will result in a more robust democracy.

An expert in diversity and American politics, she holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Education from Columbia University and is the author of People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door. In 2019, she was named one of three people to watch by CQ Roll Call. Born in India and raised in Belize, Sayu is a proud New Yorker who served as the city’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs.