Leonard Burton portrait.

Leonard Burton

Senior Fellow

He, Him, His


I serve on the Systems Change team, including working as lead of the Youth Thrive community of practice. I also support the Equity Inclusion and Justice portfolio, and provide subject matter expertise on youth engagement to the Alliance on Mixed-Income Housing.

I do this work because

I believe that just and equitable systems are necessary for young people to thrive.

I am most proud of

Helping to close the largest congregate care facility in the state of Tennessee.

Work History

  • Chief Operating Officer, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Education and Awards

  • M.Ed., Tennessee State University
  • B.S. in Public Administration, Austin Peay State University

When the day is done

I love decompressing, exercising, and spending time with my spouse.