Jeffery T.D. Wallace is a keen, innovative strategist with over a decade of experience in non-profit executive management, community and economic development and proven success in fundraising and designing youth focused initiatives. As the founding Executive Director and current President and CEO of LeadersUp, he is charged with being both a visionary and architect – establishing the strategic framework for LeadersUp to fulfill its mission to create employer-led solutions for the national youth unemployment and opportunity-divide challenge that yield successful outcomes for both businesses and communities.
Previously, Jeffery served as a Senior Program Officer for the Los Angeles Urban League where he led the human capital, programmatic architecture and policy agenda of the League’s comprehensive community change initiative in South Los Angeles. His leadership resulted in increased delivery of vital education, public safety, public health and community development services to over 10,000 residents and stakeholders.
Jeffery’s acumen for designing and monitoring operational efficiencies and strategic planning resulted in him serving as the lead staff liaison to a diverse group of business and community leaders serving on the Board of Directors, cultivating essential local and national stakeholder partnerships and implementing studies specific to the economic vitality of communities throughout Los Angeles.
As a dedicated community advocate Jeffery continues to lead effective initiatives that are not only process-driven, but people oriented. In 2009, Jeffery became the Western Region Executive Director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he serves a membership base of over 5,000 college educated and professional African American men, spearheads the distribution of over $150,000 in annual scholarships, and help empowers over 2,500 young men through effective leadership development programs.
Jeffery has the honor of serving as a fellow for the Presidio Institute and being a Metropolitan Non-Resident Fellow for the Brookings Institute. Jeffery is a native of Richmond, California and proud graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Science degree in Education, and the University of California Berkeley where he received his masters of Science degree in Organizational Development. Jeffery currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
You can view Jeffery's TEDx Talk here - The 21st Century Economy Requires Hustle