Leila Pedersen

Associate Director, New America CA

Leila Pedersen is the Associate Director 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 is currently earning her Master's at the London School of Economics. 

All Work

NEW AMERICA CA
Empathy, the Power of Story, and the Obama Legacy

These four lessons from Obama's final speech as president should inspire and inform innovators everywhere.


NEW AMERICA CA
So Long, 2016

New America CA recapped highlights from 2016.


From Civic Engagement to Civic Education

In California, younger citizens are trying to get the right to vote. Granting it to them might be a boon to civic education more broadly.


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California's Greatest Asset: Its Diversity

As the most diverse state in the union, CA offers important lessons for the rest of the country.


NEW AMERICA CA
Big Ideas, Bigger Impact

Our CA fellows share their big ideas for how to address California's most critical issues.


From Mother to Daughter to Many More

Leila Pedersen traces the ways in which what her mother gave her was made possible by prudent public policy.


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New America CA Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

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


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Lights, Camera, Politics

Question from Leila Pedersen: Are conservative voters in California starstruck?


With Liberty and Civic Engagement for Some

Our political participation too closely resembles early America. Leila Pedersen knows we can change that.