Sept 15: Big Ideas Breakfast: Analyzing 2016 and the New American Electorate

As the presidential election enters the homestretch, many political analysts are focusing on swing states and white working class voters.  But the American electorate is increasingly young and diverse: A third of the voting public is under 35, and Latinos make up a larger part of the potential electorate than any other ethnic group.  In addition, Asia American Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial group, increasing four times the rate of the overall U.S. population.  As the face of America continues to change, so will our politics.

How can we implement the strategies and tactics needed to bring these younger and more diverse Americans into the fabric of democracy?  Join Roosevelt’s Joelle Gamble and the New American Leaders Project’s Sayu Bhojwani for a moderated discussion about the state of the election and how to engage the emerging generation.

Event Details

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Breakfast available at 7:30 AM
Start time: 8:00 AM
Concluded at 9:00 AM (Including Q&A)

Location: Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10022


Joelle Gamble - (Copyright Dominique Sindayiganza)
Joelle Gamble is the Director of the Roosevelt Institute’s national network of emerging thinkers and doers. Under Joelle’s leadership, Roosevelt has increased its ability to influence local and state government around our generation’s policy priorities. Because who writes the rules matters, she has also prioritized increasing the racial, socioeconomic and gender diversity of its national student leadership—with chapters at both four-year institutions and community colleges and people of color representing the majority or our membership leadership roles. Prior to coming to the Roosevelt Institute, Joelle, as a student organizer in the University of California Student Association, worked on political campaigns related to tax reform and budgetary priorities. Joelle also writes on topics of race and economics. She has been featured in places such at Fox Business, The Nation, Salon, The Hill, The Huffington Post and NextCity. Fusion named her one of 30 women under 30 who are influencing the 2016 election.


Sayu 2012 HeadshotSayu Bhojwani is the President and Founder of The New American Leaders Project(NALP), which is working to build an inclusive democracy. 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 exclusively 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 board of the National Immigration Forum. She was profiled by NBC Asian America for her work on immigrant leadership.

Sayu also holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Education and a M.Ed. in ComparativeEducation 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 in1984, and currently lives there with her husband and daughter.