In 2008, President Obama empowered a new generation of young Americans with his relentless call for change. While people of all ages, races, religions and economic backgrounds were inspired to participate in politics for the first time, few groups showed as much energy as our newest generation of business, government, public, and private sector leaders. Across the country, we turned out in record numbers, not just to vote, but to donate our time and money—to knock on doors, to call our neighbors, and to contribute to the campaign.
As President Obama told us in 2008 and continues to remind us now, the work did not end on Election Day. We made commitments to each other about what we hope tomorrow looks like and what we believe our country can be and they are commitments we must fight for every day. From our commitment to these ideals, we created Generation Forty Four or Gen44 for short—a council to cultivate and empower a rising generation of leaders in the Democratic Party. Gen44 will work with this groundbreaking group, all under the age of 40, to serve as a platform for political mobilization and to ensure that President Obama and Democrats have the resources and infrastructure needed to implement the change we believe in.