Board of Directors Spotlight: Leon Andrews

Board of Directors Spotlight: Leon Andrews

February 13, 2017

Leon Andrews is the director of the Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) initiative at the National League of Cities. He joined our Board of Directors in 2010 and became the Chair of the Board of Directors in 2015.
 
“I joined the ChangeLab Solutions Board because the work the organization does aligns with my work at the National League of Cities. ChangeLab Solutions offers an incredible array of tools, resources, and other assets to our elected officials, and I see that in real time,” said Andrews. “I was very excited about the opportunity to be part of an organization that is doing this work—translating law and policy into meaningful local change.”
 
Since joining our Board, Andrews has been inspired by the organization’s commitment to improving health and equity. “As an organization, we’re being intentional about racial equity at all levels and explicit about the important role it plays in all issues related to health,” said Andrews. “And during this time, I’m excited that we are working to define the field, not just waiting to see where it goes. We’re pushing others to recognize that health is not just about childhood obesity or tobacco use. It requires us to look at environmental factors and the social determinants of health, and work intentionally and comprehensively toward our goals.”
 
Andrews explained that one of ChangeLab Solutions’ strengths is putting practical resources into the hands of people on the ground. “ChangeLab Solutions makes life easier for cities that don’t have a full research department, policy branch, or team of lawyers that can really pull together what is needed to implement good policy,” said Andrews. “Our staff design real tools that not only work for a Los Angeles, a New York, or a Chicago, but also work in a Caldwell, Idaho, or a Tualatin, Oregon, or an Itta Bena, Mississippi.”
 
“During his tenure, Leon Andrews has brought a wealth of knowledge and bold thinking to our organization’s leadership,” said Marice Ashe, founder and CEO of ChangeLab Solutions. “He has helped us identify where we need to go and how we can get there. His support and guidance have been invaluable, and we’re proud to have him in our corner.”
 
Visit our Board of Directors page to learn more about Andrews and our other leaders! And find out how you can support our work with cities nationwide.