A nation of engaged citizens holding their government and leaders accountable.
To cultivate a movement of politically engaged citizens that can ensure the existence of a responsible, transparent, and accountable government that serves the interests of the American people.
In the days following the 2016 presidential election, Andy Kim, a former White House Director for Iraq at the National Security Council, gathered several hundred people to a meeting in Washington, D.C. to lay out a vision for a new wave of citizen engagement in this uncertain and tumultuous political landscape in America. That meeting launched RISE Stronger, which has since grown to become a citizen watchdog organization of nearly 30,000 members across the country who are ready to ensure elected officials and government are both responsible and accountable to the people.
In that first meeting, people said they felt paralyzed -- unable to think about how to move beyond the uncertainty, disappointment, and fear. Participants struggled to think of actions that regular citizens could take beyond voting, calling their representative, and donating money to a cause. Dissatisfied with these limited options, RISE Stronger emerged to reinvigorate what it means to be a citizen and to empower Americans across the country to find new ways to engage in the American democracy.
The goal of RISE Stronger is simple: capture the political energy of Americans, sustain it, and focus it towards action that will ensure that the government and its leaders are accountable to its citizens, transparent in their actions and policies, and guided solely by the interests and values of the American people.
Keeping grassroots activism at the heart of its work, RISE Stronger draws from a vast network of former White House and government officials and other policy experts to inform and augment the work of its members throughout the country. A network of local and state chapters, and an active online hub will serve as an incubator to new ideas and initiatives that propel forward the work of members and increase the engagement of Americans.
RISE Stronger is made up of passionate people from all walks of life who are committed to protecting and advancing freedom, equality, and justice, and ensuring a transparent, responsible and accountable government for all.
Andy Kim, Founder, RISE Stronger
Andy Kim is the founder of RISE Stronger . He previously served at the White House as the Director of Iraq in the National Security Council (NSC) where he coordinated the crisis response to counter the rise of ISIS. Prior to his time at the White House, Andy served in Afghanistan as Strategic Advisor to General David Petraeus, the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and also worked at the State Department, the Pentagon, USAID, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar, Andy received his Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford.