Leila Pedersen

Engagement Manager, New America CA

Leila Pedersen is the Engagement Manager for New America California, where she runs a fellowship for social entrepreneurs using storytelling and communication as tools to create culture and policy change.

Prior to joining New America, Leila established and led statewide programs at California Common Cause to support government transparency and accountability measures at the state and local level. In 2012, Leila ran voter education programs at EMILY’s List, helping to elect the greatest number of women ever to serve in the United States Congress.

Leila holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she studied psychology and public policy. She and her husband Kurston live in Oakland with their adorable dog Bernie.

All Work

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Next-Generation Democracy

The sixth in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.


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Local Trust, Local Action

The fourth in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.


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Putting People First

The third in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.


Trump's Budget Would Be a Disaster for State and Local Governments

An increase in defense spending would result in massive shifts in costs to states, many of which are already facing budget shortfalls.


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For Whom the Bell Tolls

The second in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.


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Local Innovation, Global Impact

The first in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.


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#RenewAmerica

California reflects on New America's 2017 Annual Conference.


What Does Research Tell Us About Turning Awareness into Action?

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, we need to look at how to move from talk to prevention—and action.


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Announcing the 2017 CA Fellows

New America CA announced the selection of six social entrepreneurs it will be supporting as year-long fellows.


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Charting a New Course in 2017

New America CA outlined plans and priorities for 2017.


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Video: Technology for Good

Watch the 2016 CA Fellows talk about how they are using technology for good.


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Video: Scaling Impact through Social Justice

Watch the 2016 CA Fellows talk about how they are scaling their impact in social justice.