Suraj Patel is a lawyer, activist, organizer, and professor on business ethics at NYU Stern. He recently ran for Congress as a progressive Democrat in New York’s 12th Congressional District, increasing millennial turnout by a remarkable 797% compared to the 2016 cycle. Born to immigrant parents, Suraj's experience as a first-generation American shaped his view of politics at an early age. He worked full time organizing on both Obama campaigns and as an associate on White House Advance Teams. After Donald Trump’s Election, Suraj helped found and build communities like The Arena to support a new generation of American leaders until deciding to run for Congress. Suraj holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Policy from Cambridge, and a law degree from NYU.