About Us

New America CA is a nonprofit civic startup working to amplify the reach of California change agents whose innovations solve public problems in bold new ways. Our mission is to engage the next generation of social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and public innovators to effectively transform outdated systems and institutions.

California is full of visionary leaders who are disrupting the status quo. Through our Fellowship Program, we aim to amplify the impact of entrepreneurs who are creating real and meaningful change for real Californians, right now. We also promote creative solutions more broadly by forging connections between our national programs, community leaders, and local decision makers through cross-sector conversations in the media and at live events.

To learn more, Meet the CA Fellows.

Our Plan

New America CA is part of New America’s expanding national network. We are establishing hubs in cities around the country that will amplify the power of local innovators by telling their stories to new audiences in California. Locally, we are sharing new ideas and engage diverse audiences in dynamic discussions about California’s toughest problems.

New America CA’s purpose is also to promote effective problem-solving techniques horizontally to our current and future hubs in New York City and Chicago respectively, and to infuse New America DC’s federal policy recommendations with an expanded set of solutions being tested on the ground.

Our strategy is to employ a powerful combination of:

  • Local investment - Identify and support social entrepreneurs who are innovating the field of public policy and creating ripples of impact.
  • Idea incubation - Create and nurture an annual cohort of fellows by working to build their capacity and amplify their reach.
  • Public engagement - Engage new audiences with dynamic debates that inspire creative solutions that can be applied in California and beyond.