Leo Garver graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Chemistry. He has done early-stage research for treatments of HIV, Hepatitis C and Cancer. He has recently shifted from using his talents in analytical chemistry to data analytics. He now does analytics and business intelligence consulting for a variety of bay area startups and non-profits (like Spark!). He is also an avid singer and ballroom dancer.
Leo’s Spark Story:
A former classmate introduced to me to Spark, and I was immediately intrigued with Spark’s mission and methodology. I joined the digital strategy committee and started going to Spark events. I was so impressed with both the people I met and the causes that Spark supports that I had to get more involved!
Who is your favorite grantee?
Uganda Women’s Water Initiative.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A beach vacation with a good book and good friends.
What talent (or superpower!) would you like to have?
The ability to play any song on any musical instrument.
What is your most marked characteristic?
A Thirst for Knowledge. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads me to become a fountain of useless trivia.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
An Eagle. Gracefully flying around clear blue skies sounds like a pretty excellent second life.
What is the quality you most like in a fellow human being?
What is your favorite journey?
I spent a semester living and going to school in South Africa.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Nelson Mandela and Paul Wellstone.