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APRIL 22, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00PM ET | ONLINE

APRIL 22, 2021
7:00 - 8:00PM ET

The Details

For 10 years, NAL has been building a movement to ensure that immigrants and refugees are included, represented, and engaged in our democracy. In today’s environment, when our communities’ health and well-being are under constant attack, it is more important than ever that our elected officials — from school board to Congress — reflect the diversity of everyday Americans. On April 22, 2021, we will honor a few of the trailblazers making our vision of inclusive democracy a reality.

Join us for this special evening as we celebrate U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-2), U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Arizona State Representative Raquel Terán, and Worthington, Ohio School Board Member Sam Shim, three inspiring heroes who are fighting for New American communities every day. We will also honor the inspirational vision and fearless leadership of NAL’s founder and former president, Sayu Bhojwani. The evening will be emceed by CEO of Enfranchisement, co-founder of RUN AAPI, and Obama administration alum Brad Jenkins!

Tackling the nation’s biggest challenges, from economic inequality, systemic racism, and a health care crisis requires ingenuity and bravery. We are betting on New Americans who embody these qualities to change business as usual. As a supporter of the New American Hero Awards, you will ensure a path to power for these leaders by helping us expand our work and transform the political landscape.

Our Honorees

Joe Neguse
United States Representative, Colorado's 2nd Congressional District
Ilhan Omar
United States Representative, Minnesota's 5th Congressional District
Raquel Terán
Arizona State Representative, District 30
Sam Shim
Worthington, Ohio School Board Member
Sayu Bhojwani
New American Leaders Founder and former President

Sponsors and Host Committee

Thank you to our sponsors and host committee for their support! 

Benefactor Sponsors
Southwest Airlines
Champion Sponsors
Planned Parenthood

Parag Mehta and Vaibhav Jain

Hero Sponsors

Host Committee

Teresa Acuña

Dawn Byrne

Ghida Dhager

Lan Diep

Elizabeth Espín Stern

Brian Feldman

Evelyn and Herbert Hadad

Michael Hirschhorn and Jimena Martinez

Kippy Joseph

Anil Kalhan

Mitra Kalita

Parag Mehta and Vaibhav Jain

Dr. Kavita Parikh and Dr. Shantanu Agrawal

Anshu and Yadna Prasad

Athena Salman

Larry Sandigo

Carolyn Sauvage-Mar and Jerome Sauvage

Dr. Ashwin Vasan

Tom Wong

For information on how to join the host committee, please contact Michelle Munjanattu at [email protected]


Check out our new swag! Grab your ticket to the Hero Awards and make a donation at the Friend level to get one of our special edition Democracy Needs Us face masks or at the Advocate level or above to get a face mask and our brand new t-shirt.

Supplies are limited so don’t wait — save your spot and swag today!

Democracy Needs Us T-Shirt
Democracy Needs Us Face Mask

Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities