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Suraj Patel

Suraj Patel is an activist, organizer, lawyer, and lecturer on ethics at NYU Stern. He recently ran as a progressive Democrat in New York’s 12th Congressional District Primary increasing millennial turnout by a remarkable 797% compared to the 2016 cycle.

Born to immigrant parents, Suraj's experience as a first-generation American shaped his view of politics at an early age. He worked full time on both Obama campaigns and as an associate on White House Advance Teams. After Donald Trump’s Election, Suraj helped found and build communities like The Arena and Creative Caucus to support a new generation of American leaders and eventually decided his community needed new representation in Congress. Suraj holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Policy from Cambridge, and a law degree from NYU. As a proud New Yorker, Suraj remains active in his community and is currently writing, teaching, organizing, and working on civil rights.

He is available for coffee or a call anytime.


Media Appearances



What a teenager who got vaccinated will can teach us


If Democrats Want To Keep Winning, They Need To Engage Millennials

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Businesses should boost voter turnout when politicians won't

How the private sector can improve New York's sorry elections

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We Must Repeal SESTA, a Deadly Law That Does Nothing to Help

The controversial anti-sex trafficking law is an example of sloppy legislation…

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New York Needs to Nix Strict Voting Laws to End Voter Suppression


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