New American Leaders

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New American Leaders

EIN: 45-3770977


New American Leaders empowers New Americans to run, win, and lead in elected office. It is the only organization that champions New Americans, who are immigrants, refugees, or others who identify closely with the immigrant experience, as crucial participants in American civic engagement. In doing so, we are challenging assumptions about who should lead our democracy and building a bench of authentic leaders positioned to promote immigrant integration and democracy reform.

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Ghida Dagher

Main address

New American Leaders c/o Space 530 530 7th Ave, Fl M1

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Subject area info

Leadership development


Human rights

Population served info

LGBTQ people

Women and girls

Immigrants and migrants

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Immigrants have always been a crucial part of American society. Yet, many are systematically shut out of our democracy, as the elected government from the federal to local level is disproportionately white and male. Immigrants comprise over 10% of the voting population, and immigrants and their children are 26% of the general population. Nonetheless, first and second generation Americans hold just 4.01% of state legislative seats, and nine states have no New American representation. For example, only 18% of state legislators are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), whereas the population is 40%. When decision makers are ignorant of immigrants' struggles, insights, and assets, their communities suffer from uninformed and inequitable decisions. Unfortunately, New Americans are often discouraged from running for office by systemic barriers such as political gatekeepers, a lack of resources, and a narrative that says they are not electable.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ready to Lead®

Our signature introductory candidate training program prepares New Americans to enter the political process as candidates or campaign leaders. First- and second- generation immigrants, refugees, and anyone who identifies strongly with the immigrant experience are encouraged to apply. We challenge ideas of who should run and who can win, and many participants come from working-class backgrounds, are first-generation college students, or are formerly undocumented.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

An advanced, bootcamp campaign training for future candidates and campaign managers.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
LGBTQ people

NAL’s New American Fellows program aims to identify new Americans with a high potential to run for office within the next two years in order to support their leadership development through mentorship, political guidance, networking and skills-building. This unique program provides advanced campaign skills and focuses on developing a comprehensive leadership plan preparing participates to declare to run and win.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
LGBTQ people

A national conference for state and local elected officials and others inside and outside government who are committed to inclusive democracy and immigrant integration.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, LGBTQ people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All candidate pipeline trainings

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At NAL, we train first and second generation Americans and anyone who identifies closely with the immigrant experience to become candidates and campaign staff. We support a national elected officials network and champion policies that create a more equitable, inclusive democracy. NAL emphasizes the assets that immigrants bring to the political process-- their lived experiences, community connections, and commitment to American democracy.

Since 2010, we have recruited a broad intersection of ethnicities and identities so that our elected government can be a true reflection of the US population. Our programs promote collaboration and create a sense of belonging, which can be critical to convincing political newcomers, especially women, to run.

With a rapidly expanding network of over 1,500 leaders, NAL ensures that diverse, community-based trailblazers have the tools they need to be effective at all levels of the political process.

New American Leaders prepares leaders from immigrant communities to run for office, win, and lead. We provide a menu of trainings designed to emphasize the assets that immigrants bring to the political process—their lived experiences, their community connections, and their commitment to American democracy. We invest in alumni over time, first by inspiring them to see themselves in office, then providing ongoing support, to help them enter the political arena at state and local levels and build up political capital over time. Once in office, elected officials rely on the organization as a networking hub and for leadership development. New American Leaders is also challenging assumptions about who should lead our democracy by amplifying New American elected officials' contributions, issuing original research, and bringing thought leadership to the national conversation.

New American Leaders has been building a movement for over a decade to ensure that New Americans are included, represented, and engaged in our democracy. The organizational values of authenticity, inclusivity, and accountability are practiced in the team, taught to candidates, and expected of elected officials. New American Leaders’ diverse staff and trainers with broad political experience and deep connections to immigrant communities makes it uniquely qualified to prepare the next generation of the nation's leaders.

NAL is the only national nonprofit that trains immigrants and those who identify with the immigrant experience to run, win, and lead in elected office. Since 2010, NAL has trained almost 1,500 people across the country, with nearly 200 serving in elected or appointed positions. Combined with the work of our c4 affiliate, New American Leaders Action Fund, NAL has created a powerful partnership to guarantee New American leadership in politics.

We train community advocates how to draw from their immigrant stories and engage voters to succeed at the ballot box. A network of state and local elected officials inspire and mentor our alums, and together they form a new political infrastructure to win progressive policies and sustain immigrant power.

NAL’s strength lies in our network of BIPOC leaders eager to transform democracy. The restart of in-person convenings in 2022 was a burst of energy. From our small group trainings to networking events in New York, Denver, Las Vegas, and Dearborn, our alums cherished the opportunity to exchange ideas and plan their next steps for running for office.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


New American Leaders
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
2022 New American Leaders, Inc. 2021 New American Leaders, Inc. 2020 NAL 2020 Audited Financial Statement
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15.68 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.1 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

New American Leaders

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of New American Leaders’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $156,666 $852,249 -$443,016
As % of expenses 11.5% 43.8% -19.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $155,010 $848,515 -$447,321
As % of expenses 11.4% 43.5% -19.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,370,203 $1,630,665 $1,311,813
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% -19.6%
Program services revenue 0.6% 0.5% 2.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 31.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.2% 68.7% 97.6%
Other revenue 0.1% -0.1% -0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,360,021 $1,947,286 $2,261,327
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% 16.1%
Personnel 56.3% 68.2% 66.1%
Professional fees 21.0% 22.5% 14.2%
Occupancy 2.8% 2.2% 1.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 19.9% 7.0% 18.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,361,677 $1,951,020 $2,265,632
One month of savings $113,335 $162,274 $188,444
Debt principal payment $0 $238,500 $0
Fixed asset additions $13,514 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,488,526 $2,351,794 $2,454,076

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.3 12.0 7.3
Months of cash and investments 6.3 12.0 7.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.3 9.6 5.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2021 2022
Cash $713,684 $1,945,565 $1,368,290
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $317,058 $569,379 $55,513
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $18,294 $23,877 $8,314
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 35.2% 56.3% 51.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.7% 2.2% 3.2%
Unrestricted net assets $155,010 $1,562,205 $1,114,884
Temporarily restricted net assets $853,516 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $853,516 $1,024,827 $518,329
Total net assets $1,008,526 $2,587,032 $1,633,213

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ghida Dagher

Having moved to the U.S. at the age of 9, Ghida’s family came seeking asylum from Lebanon and Sierra Leone. Her career and leadership are shaped by her multicultural background and her real world understanding of struggle and opportunity. Ghida is a true believer that her immigrant background grounds her and her American experience propels her. She is deeply committed to the engagement and empowerment of all communities, particularly those underrepresented in our democracy. Having led multiple political campaigns, launched policy initiatives at nonprofits, and served in Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Executive Office as Director of Appointments, she has dedicated her career to creating opportunity for and building leadership in BIPOC and New Americans communities. Ghida’s leadership and work have been recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business, Arab American News, and others.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/26/2024
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Board chair

Parag Mehta

JP Morgan Chase

Term: 2021 - 2022

Raquel Castañeda-López

Detroit City Council Member, District 6

Parag Mehta

Managing Director and President, Policy Center, JPMorgan Chase

Teresa Acuna

Policy Advisor, Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Athena Salman

Arizona State Representative

David Lee

President and Co-Founder Texas Signal

Regine Conde Beauboeuf

Senior Vice President/Program Equity Advisor, HNTB Corporation

Jessica Delos Reyes

Senior Manager for Corporate Communications, USA Swimming

Ghita Filali

Executive Coach & Strategic Leadership Advisor

Bali Kumar

Chief Operating Officer, PACE Loan Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/24/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.


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