Andrew Yang is a businessman, lawyer, former tech entrepreneur, and politician who founded the Forward Party in 2021, a centrist political organization. Yang was a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election and has previously run for Mayor of New York City. Prior to that, he worked at multiple startups, worked as the CEO of Manhattan Prep, a test prep company, and later founded the nonprofit Ventures for America, which places top college graduates in start-ups for two years in emerging US cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. This prompted the Obama administration to name him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015. He’s also been named a Champion of Change and one of Fast Company‘s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He was also named a board member of the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship from 2016 to 2018. Following his run for president, he formed the non-profit Humanity Forward, which successfully lobbied Congress for direct cash relief during the pandemic while simultaneously distributing over $8 million directly to struggling families. He is the author of five books, including “The Last Election” (with Stephen Marche) and “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy.” Yang received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Columbia Law School.