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Jeffery Wallace

President & CEO, LeadersUp

Jeffery T.D. Wallace, a native of Richmond, CA, possesses a unique ability in building a vision, bringing people together and providing direction to achieve dynamic results. As a Next Gen social entrepreneur intent on bridging the opportunity gap, the aforementioned ability, along with exposure to diverse cultures and communities in need, have informed Wallace’s wisdom and innovative ideation to take any social issue and find a sustainable solution.

As president and CEO of LeadersUp, Wallace fulfills the dual roles of visionary and architect, getting in front of the issues that fuel educational and economic inequities, and uniting people around shared goals to achieve disruptive and transformative change. Founded to bridge the divide between the untapped potential of young people and the business challenge of finding and keeping the best talent, LeadersUp has achieved cross-sector victories by identifying common interests, then developing and championing the clear value proposition that united stakeholders offer.

With Wallace, LeadersUp has established best practices by facilitating employer-led solutions that are demand-driven and human-centered to tackle high youth unemployment in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Through its work-ready skills training and hiring events, LeadersUp has placed more than 5,000 young adults in jobs with advancement potential, with a 60% retention rate, and serves as a talent development accelerator, whose contributions have already generated over $72,757,600 in economic benefits.

Other highlights include:

  • A graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (studied Music and earned a BA in Education);
  • First undergraduate student conductor in UCLA’s Music department;
  • Earned an MS in Education from the UCLA and an MS in Organizational Development from the University of California, Berkeley;
  • Served as senior program officer for the Los Angeles Urban League, where he developed initiatives that enhanced education, public safety, public health and community development for more than 10,000 residents and stakeholders;
  • In 2011, he organized a trip to China for 35 students from Central High School as part of a cultural exchange;
  • In 2017, Wallace was invited to Auckland, New Zealand, to share his best practices solutions to high youth unemployment at a summit convened to tackle similar social inequities in that country;
  • A fellow of the Presidio Institute and Metropolitan Non-Resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution;
  • Serves as Executive Producer of award-winning digital series, “Giants” (won an Indie Series Award for Best Web Series in 2018 and was Emmy-nominated in 2017, with an audience of 1mm+);
  • In 2018, Wallace was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”.