Sayu Bhojwani (New York , United States)

Founder and President, The New American Leaders Project

Sayu Bhojwani is the President and Founder of The New American Leaders Project (NALP), the only national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. For that work, she has been recognized by the Case Foundation as a Fearless Changemaker, honored by Citizens Union New York, and awarded the BMW Foundation’s Young Leaders Award in 2013. From 2002 to 2004, she was New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and in 1997 she founded South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), the first and only organization working with South Asian youth. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

Sayu is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, CNN In America, and other online publications and currently serves on the boards of the National Immigration Forum and The Afterschool Corporation. She is completing her dissertation on immigrant civic engagement, at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Sayu also holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Education and a M.Ed. in Comparative Education from Columbia University. Sayu is a naturalized citizen of the United States. She was born in India and grew up in Belize. She moved to New York City in 1984, and currently lives there with her husband and daughter.