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President Obama Announces Inaugural Cohort of 100 Changemakers for Obama Foundation Leaders USA Program

July 27, 2023 at 8:00 AM CDT

CHICAGO – Today, President Obama announced the first cohort of 100 emerging changemakers who have been selected to participate in the Obama Foundation’s Leaders USA program. Chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, these exceptional leaders are actively driving change across geographies, sectors, and issues and are ready to expand their impact and play a role in strengthening our democratic culture.

The inaugural cohort of United States “Obama Leaders” is composed of values-driven changemakers from every corner of the country. Hailing from 37 states; Washington, D.C.; American Samoa; Guam; and five tribal nations, these Obama Leaders are united by their passion for building a stronger, more sustainable, and more inclusive world.

“I’m inspired by this talented group of young leaders from across the United States who are working on the most pressing issues facing our world,” said President Obama. “From an oncology resident championing health equity for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, to passionate union organizers advocating for the labor rights of educators and first responders nationwide, to the first Black woman executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama—their ideas and leadership will help strengthen democracy now and in the future. These leaders give me hope, and they deserve our support.”

Launched in 2018, the Obama Foundation Leaders program seeks to empower emerging leaders to accelerate positive and lasting change in their communities, regions, and across the globe. The Leaders USA program offers participants a unique and comprehensive experience, including a values-driven leadership curriculum, action labs focused on strengthening democratic institutions and culture in the U.S., community groups for fostering constructive dialogue in a polarized environment, and one-on-one support to help tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to engage with President Obama, leadership coaches, subject matter experts, and each other to deepen their leadership practice.

Upon successful completion of the program, the inaugural cohort of United States Obama Leaders will join the Obama Foundation Leadership Network, our growing community of global program alumni.

To learn more about the program and the individuals who make up the inaugural cohort, visit


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