Steven Olikara

Founder and President


Steven Olikara (@StevenOlikara) is a political entrepreneur and the Founding President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to activating millennial policymakers to overcome partisan gridlock. In this role, he organized the nation’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Future Caucus, and has grown MAP into the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial policymakers in the U.S. Steven’s leadership in this movement has led to pioneering achievements on entrepreneurship, education, the environment, 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 that has electrified over one million homes in Africa with solar power. A nationally recognized leader and political commentator, Steven has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and many other media outlets.

Previously, Steven served as Truman Fellow at the World Bank focusing on sustainable energy 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 at venues such as the White House, Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, Yale College, SXSW, the United Nations, National Press Club, and numerous State Capitols. 

He serves on the Boards of The Constitution Project, Issue One, the University of Wisconsin International Division, and the African Middle Eastern Leadership (AMEL) Project, as well as the Leadership Council of the Service Year Alliance and the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards CommitteeHe 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 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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 recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, Forbes 30 Under 30, the Millennial of the Year, an Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine.

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