Sayu Bhojwani

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
    Keynote Speaker
    August 31, 2011