Leandra English has been appointed Senior Advisor at MIT, working alongside MIT Innovation Fellow Brian Deese on the Clean Investment Monitor project. She most recently served as the Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for the National Economic Council since her appointment in 2021.  

Prior to her most recent stint in federal service, Leandra was the Director of Policy for the New York State Department of Financial Services where she managed the department’s portfolio of policy initiatives involving consumers, financial services, and other issues. Prior to joining DFS, she served in a variety of roles at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau including Acting Director, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Chief Operating Officer. In addition, Leandra held senior roles at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  English also previously served as Director of Financial Services Advocacy for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) in Washington D.C. She received her B.A. from New York University and a M.S. from the London School of Economics.