Leilani has years of experience working at the intersection of programs and policy, and a talent for translating evidence-based programmatic successes into scalable policy recommendations.
Prior to joining the Meadows Institute, Leilani worked at Educate Texas as the Policy and Advocacy Associate charged with supporting and growing the organization’s extensive K-12, effective teaching, and higher education policy portfolios. Prior to that, she worked at a public affairs firm where she managed policy research and communications for clients that included statewide pediatric and psychiatry professional organizations.
At the Meadows Institute, Leilani supports the work of the Child and Family Policy team by managing a portfolio of projects designed to improve youth mental health care across the state, in addition to supporting the team’s policy analysis and implementation work.
Leilani completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health and her Master of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds undergraduate degrees in both Government and Political Communications, also from the University of Texas at Austin.