Leonardo Howard Nieves is an MPP candidate at the Jackson School of Global Affairs interested in the political economy of the green transition and multilateral solutions to climate change. Before coming to Yale, Leonardo worked at the United Nations in New York as a consultant in the Secretariat of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), where he supported the development of system-wide HR policies and analyzed global trends in contract law and industrial relations.

Leonardo graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 2020 with a BA in international relations and spent time in France and England. He also worked at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a London-based international development think tank, where he researched FDI and trade data in Africa to support the negotiations and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

At Yale, Leonardo plans to deepen his understanding of climate finance, industrial policy, and corporate sustainability in the context of shifting North-South dynamics. Leonardo is a native Spanish speaker and is proficient in French.