Leila C. Pree

Leila Pree is supporting New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, using statistical models to inform frontline decision-making and lower the rate of children entering foster care and experiencing abuse and neglect. She brings experience in successfully bridging gaps between data, policy, and practice to the role.



  • Prevention

Skill sets:

  • Data analysis
  • Policy development
  • Advocacy and communication

Host Agency:

  • New York City ACS

As a Foster America Fellow, Leila works with the Administration for Children’s Services in New York City, using her analytic skills to craft evidence-based policies and to support frontline workers in identifying and responding to high-risk child welfare cases.

Leila attended Northwestern University, where she studied philosophy and Asian American studies. Leila then spent a year as a CORO Fellow in Northern California, refining her leadership skills and building relationships with business, nonprofit, government, and social media leaders.

Leila earned her masters degree from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. While pursuing her degree, Leila served as an ELP Fellow for the Spark Program, a national nonprofit organization that engages middle school students to remain on track to graduate high school. Leila also worked with Jumpstart, a national early childhood education and literacy program.

Leila joined Children’s Home + Aide as a Joint Early Childhood Fellow. In this position, Leila wrote advocacy pieces based on data from early literacy programs, parent engagement, school attendance, and school choice. Leila went on to serve as a research assistant in the outpatient oncology department at University of Chicago Medicine, bringing data analysis to policy development.

With her background in health administration and policy, Leila most recently served as a consultant with United Healthcare, building a compelling value proposition for private retiree health exchanges. While with United, Leila cultivated her ability to leverage the power of numbers and storytelling to demonstrate impact.

Leila was inspired to work with Foster America by a young friend who had been shuffled in and out of foster care, growing up with few supports.