Steven Olikara is a political entrepreneur and founder of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial lawmakers in the U.S. Engaging over seven hundred legislators, MAP is building a new generation of leadership to transcend America’s partisan divide on future-focused issues and democracy reforms. MAP has organized the nation’s first-ever millennial caucuses in Congress and over 25 state legislatures, which have pioneered new laws to support entrepreneurship, end partisan gerrymandering, train returning service members for civilian jobs, and more. As a nationally recognized political commentator, Steven has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and many other media outlets.
Steven also serves as Senior Adviser to multi-platinum recording artist Akon on Lighting Africa, an initiative that has electrified over one million homes in Africa with solar power. Previously, Steven served as Truman Fellow at the World Bank focusing on sustainable energy and advised the philanthropic foundation of eight-time Grammy winner Usher on global youth initiatives. He serves on the boards of The African Middle Eastern Leadership (AMEL) Project, Issue One, and the University of Wisconsin International Division, as well as on the Service Year Alliance Leadership Council and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library New Frontier Committee.
A proud Wisconsinite, Steven has been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, a Forbes 30 Under 30, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine.