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 humanize technology and modernize government.

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

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.

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.

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.