Leila Forouzan earned her M.P.A. in Public Policy from Baruch College, City University of New York and B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. As a graduate student, Leila served as a GIS research assistant on demographic and climate change studies. Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Leila was part of the Census 2010 Greater Hollywood area management team which mainly covered Hard-to-Count tracts. While living in Chicago she was the Technology and Administration Coordinator at (what is now) J Street, a pro-peace grassroots organization educating and advocating for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her volunteer work includes serving as a Board Member for the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council and as a Deployment Site Coordinator for the 2011 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Leila is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and New Orleans, LA.