Louis Gasper headshot
Years in care: 7 Louie Gasper is a Young Adult Consultant with the Capacity Building Center for States and a 2021 Journalism Institute Fellow with POLITICO. He has earned certifications in Citizen Politics from the Harvard Kennedy School and obtained a certificate in Digital Marketing from the Gies Business School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Louie has previously interned at NBC News “Meet the Press,” C-SPAN, and the Independent Journal Review (IJR) and is a former student director for KAOS Community Radio. Louie’s interest in politics and journalism stems from his upbringing in the foster care system, where he gained legislative, policy, and storytelling experience by serving in various political roles for child welfare efforts around the U.S. As a foster youth advocate he has worked with California Youth Connection, FosterClub, The Mockingbird Society, The International Foster Care Alliance, Think of Us, and the Center for Study on Social Policy.