Leslie Wise

  • Loves: Facilitating teams
  • Hates: Complacency
  • Super Power: Systems thinker

Leslie Wise

Portfolio Lead, Direct Community Support

As a Portfolio Lead for Direct Community Support at Community Solutions, Leslie works directly with domestic and international communities to build and improve systems to end homelessness. During her eight years with Community Solutions, she has also led the content development and strategy for the Built for Zero initiative and piloted the design of Coordinated Entry Systems in several key communities. Prior to this, Leslie was a community organizer with Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign, focusing specifically on efforts to engage communities in Los Angeles County. Before joining the Community Solutions team, Leslie was the Director of Policy and Planning with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), where she helped oversee one of the nation’s largest homeless Point in Time counts and applications to HUD for Homeless Assistance Program funding. Leslie also served as Homelessness Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where she worked with the County of Los Angeles on the first ever joint City/County homelessness policy platform. Leslie holds a BA in Social Work from Ohio University.  She also completed the Improvement Coach Professional Development Program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California, and the Community Development and Empowerment Series presented by the Chicago Rehab Network in Chicago, IL.