Leon Andrews Jr.
Leon T. Andrews Jr. is the inaugural director for Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities. He previously served as the senior fellow and program director of the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where for almost a decade he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country, including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning. Before joining the National League of Cities, Mr. Andrews completed a research fellowship at the Forum for Youth Investment. Mr. Andrews has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 23 years, including experience with the United States Department of Justice, United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as an adjunct professorship in the political science department at Eastern Michigan University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Howard University, a Master of Science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Michigan.