Steven Olikara

Co-Founder and President


Steven Olikara  is a political entrepreneur, public servant, and Founding President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP). MAP is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to overcome partisan conflict through cooperative political leadership and governance. In this role, he organized the nation’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Steven’s leadership of this movement at the national and state levels has led to landmark achievements advancing entrepreneurship, social impact investing, 21st century skills training for veterans, and other key issues affecting Millennials in America.  Steven also serves as Senior Adviser to multi-platinum recording artist Akon's Lighting Africa, an initiative to electrify over one million homes in Africa with solar power. A nationally-recognized leader, Steven’s work has been featured on  Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, POLITICO,  Fox News, USA Today, The New Republic, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, The Hill, and other major media outlets.

Previously, Steven was a Truman Fellow at the World Bank and advised eight-time Grammy winner Usher’s Foundation on global youth initiatives. He also served as the Harry Ott Fellow on Coca-Cola’s Environment Team, spearheading public-private water projects with USAID in Africa. Steven frequently speaks on next generation leadership for universities and conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard University, Yale College, Amherst College, National Press Club, Open World Leadership Center, numerous State Capitols, embassies, and more.

He serves on the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project, the Advisory Board of Issue One, and the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin International Division. He is also a member of the National Press Club, which honored him with the Vivian Award for service. Raised in Wisconsin, Steven graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a Udall and Truman Scholar, the nation’s highest undergraduate honor for public service leadership. In 2012, the Wisconsin Legislature recognized Steven with the State Assembly Citation for outstanding contributions to his home state.

Steven has been named the Millennial of the Year, an Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine.