Leon Andrews Jr. (Vice Chair)
Leon T. Andrews Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Equal Measure, which works to advance social change by partnering with foundations and nonprofits to apply new ways of thinking. Previously, Mr. Andrews served as the inaugural director for Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities and currently serves as chair of the board for the National Recreation and Parks Association. Prior to directing REAL, beginning in 2006, Mr. Andrews served as the senior fellow and program director at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led the institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country, including work 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, 25-year background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia, including the US Department of Justice, US Senator Barbara A. Mikulski’s office, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He is a published author, has presented at several conferences and other forums throughout the country and world, and serves on a number of national and local boards, including ChangeLab Solutions (chair) and the National Network for Youth. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Howard University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and he is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Michigan. Mr. Andrews has been married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews, for the last 15 years and they have three beautiful daughters—Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.