Century Foundation Launches New Think Tank for Young People and People of Color
The Century Foundation, a 100-year-old research and policy organization, on Wednesday announced it is launching a first-of-its-kind think tank: Next100. Building off the energy and diversity of the next generation, Next100 will provide a platform to emerging leaders to translate their vision for a more progressive America into policy change. Barack Obama appointee Emma Vadehra will serve as the group’s Executive Director. Vadehra is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and previously served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Education under then-Secretaries Arne Duncan and John B. King. “Next100 has a simple goal: To take the incredible hunger for change that we see today in the streets, online, and at the ballot box, and turn it into tangible policy progress that results in concrete change for real people,” said Vadehra. “To do that, we need all voices at the table—especially those that have been shut out of policymaking for far too long. That’s what Next100 aims to do: put the next generation of leaders in the driver’s seat of change today.” The Brown University graduate, who went on to earn her law degree from Yale, leads the group at a time of heightened political action from young people and people of color. Despite representing 30% of the voting population, millennials only represent 5% of Congress. The historic diversity of the next generation is also vastly underrepresented in the halls of political power. While millennials -- who are on track to be the nation’s largest generation, at 73 million -- are 44% people of color, the U.S. Senate is only 9% people of color and only 12% of federal legislators are immigrants or first generation. More here.