Faced with the fear and confusion of his students after the 2016 election, Ravi Gupta needed a way to bring young progressives together to mourn and organize. The first Arena Summit took place just one month later and brought together more than 450 energized people from 32 states, more than 150 of whom pledged to run for office.
Arena Summits have now been attended by over 2,500 up-and-coming political activists and candidates from around the country. They’ve also launched their Spotlight program, which has already brought attention to activist and non-profit leaders doing work that matters. Across the country, the team at Arena is on the frontlines of the fight to connect progressives with resources and tools they need.