Founding Story

Over the past decade, the United States has descended into one of the most dysfunctional periods of our political history, with the highest level of polarization since the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War. In 2011, this dysfunction snowballed into nothing less than a national crisis, nearly forcing a national default and causing the first-ever downgrade of U.S. debt.

That same year, a small group of college students gathered near the Truman Presidential Library in Liberty, Missouri. Even as they received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service, they were deeply concerned about the direction of the country they would inherit – but inspired by the potential for the next generation of American leaders to change course.

Over the next year, they formed a founding team to build a new organization dedicated to renewing American democracy. In collaboration with dozens of Millennial leaders across the country, and with the generous support of visionary philanthropists, the Millennial Action Project was formed and officially launched in 2013.


Meet Our Founders


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