New American Leaders Project
Founder and President
Key Topics: Immigration reform, Immigration integration, Civic engagement.
Bio: Sayu is an immigrant rights and social justice advocate. She served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and has founded two nonprofit organizations. Her professional record and service reflect her commitment to leveling the playing field for immigrants, women and youth. Sayu has worked on immigrant integration, civic engagement and leadership development for over 20 years, in the nonprofit sector, in government, and in philanthropy.
Currently, she is the Founding Director of the New American Leaders Project and a PhD candidate in Politics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Sayu is available to speak and write on immigration politics and policy.
Selected Speaking Experience
- Mayoral Forum on Tolerance and Cultural Sensitivity
Museum of Tolerance, New York, NY
August 15, 2013
- Rising Stars
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
March 22, 2013
- South Asian Awareness Network
University of Michigan, Ann Harbor, MI
January 18, 2013
- 2013 Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute
Urban Habitat, San Francisco, CA
January 16, 2012
- Sometimes White, Sometimes Not: Segmented Political Incorporation Among South Asians in NYC
Presentation for panel on Immigrant Political Incorporation: Lessons for Theory and Practice Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Washington, DC
April 15, 2012
- The Beautiful Foundation Fourth Seeds of Giving Conference, New York
August 31, 2011