Leonardo Covis

Research Fellow 2016 and Junior Fellow Spring 2015

Leonardo Covis believes that nothing will make a person happier than helping to make other people happy. To this end, he seeks to serve and promote thoughtful policy and business development whenever he can. Leonardo is currently co-creating a video game to develop reading skills in children with special education needs, working with cities and schools to promote safer bicycle infrastructure, and managing the international student and scholar database at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. 

Leonardo has worked with the Center for Environmental Public Policy and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. In college, Leonardo volunteered for Conservation Volunteers International in Bathurst, Australia and the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles. After spending a year abroad, he joined AmeriCorps and worked as a program coordinator at the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation in Oakland, California. There he ran a free tax preparation program that brought millions of dollars in refunds to low-income families.

Leonardo received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, where he discovered a fascination with economics and data analysis. He received a BA in History from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.