Dave Leftwich, HKS

Dave Leftwich, HKS

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, David is a first-year student in the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Pickering Fellow through the U.S. Department of State. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in the spring of 2018 with a double major in political science and psychology. In the past, David has interned with USAID, the Hudson Institute, and the State Department focusing on development policy in sub-Saharan Africa.  Outside of this work, David has volunteered as a tutor for Somali refugee children and worked as a consultant for nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area. David hopes to focus on new policy areas, such as digital governance and behavioral economics, that can possibly lead to breakthroughs in the developing world in years to come. Outside of his professional interests, David is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan (something that may not work so well in Boston). He loves to read, run, play sports, play the drums, and try new craft beers.