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New Leaders Pioneer Effort to Explore Issues Faced By Young Americans
Future Forum Foundation will find solutions to unique challenges facing millennial generation, uplift voices of young and diverse leaders
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, young leaders launched the Future Forum Foundation to take the lead in rebuilding and shaping the future, and to better identify solutions to the challenges facing millennials in our economy, across society and in government. Inspired and informed by the work of the House Future Forum group, comprised of the 26 youngest Democratic Members of Congress, the Future Forum Foundation will lead the conversation around millennials and the future of work, and identify paths to promote financial stability amongst the largest generation of Americans.
Chaired by former U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy (FL-18), the Future Forum Foundation will raise and deploy significant resources to provide advocacy organizations, elected leaders and other forward-thinking individuals a platform with which to explore the changing dynamics facing young Americans. The group will also seek to empower organizations and companies to improve business decisions and understand key developments in public policy.
The Foundation plans to conduct research, convene events and forge partnerships with the private sector, young professionals and students to amplify the voices of the youngest, most diverse leaders in progressive leadership.
“Now is the time for the next generation of leadership to step up and take the lead,” said former U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy, chair of the Future Forum Foundation. “I’ve seen first-hand the disconnect between the leaders who serve us and our changing young workforce. Millennials are at the heart of every critical issue facing our nation. They are defining the future of work. By gaining a better understanding of the economic uncertainty and the disruption caused by technology and automation, we can empower a new generation of leaders to find solutions.”
“And the truth is, this is only the beginning,” added Murphy. “We owe it to the next generation to listen and take action on the most pressing challenges they face within their communities and their workplaces – and to enlist their emerging voices in our movement.”
Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest generation of living Americans and account for more than one third of the U.S. workforce. The Future Forum Foundation will lead the conversation on issues related to student debt, privacy, the “gig”/sharing economy, artificial intelligence and automation.
Inspired by the work of the 26 members of the House Future Forum group, the Foundation will create opportunities for these members to gain critical insights to inform their policymaking. Since its inception in 2015, the members of the House Future Forum have visited more than 30 cities and heard from thousands of young Americans about issues important to them and their future.
“Our caucus looks like, talks like, and collaborates like the next generation of Americans. Young Americans are looking to us to lead and the Foundation is an essential piece of expanding that dialogue,” said U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), chair of the House Future Forum group. “In Congress, we must get creative to move forward on policy that meets the needs of the changing workforce, and I’m proud to lead this fight.”
“I came to Congress to make an impact and bring a fresh perspective to the ranks,” said U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), member of the House Future Forum. “I represent one of the youngest and most diverse districts in Florida – and every issue we address will have a deep, long-term impact on young Floridians. Better policy means better outcomes for young Americans, who are the future of the economy in Florida and across the nation.”
The Future Forum Foundation is a 501[c] organization, established and run by an independent board. While it is inspired by the work and leadership of the House Future Forum group, it is independent from Members of Congress and their staffs.
Congressional Future Forum Members Currently serving in the 115th Congress include:
Eric Swalwell (CA-15) (Chairman)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
Grace Meng (NY-06)
Joe Kennedy (MA-04)
Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
Brendan Boyle (PA-13)
Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)
Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Seth Moulton (MA-06)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Stacey Plaskett (USVI)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)
Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)
Darren Soto (FL-09)
Nanette Barragan (CA-44)
Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)
Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
Ruben Kihuen (NV-04)