"ANTI-RACIST VALUES MUST BE AT THE CORE OF CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP IN AMERICA MOVING FORWARD."
Named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, Jeffery Wallace is a social impact entrepreneur engineering solutions to the social, economic, and racial disparities impacting America’s most vulnerable workers - young adults of color. As President and CEO of LeadersUp, Jeffery leads a movement to evolve Corporate America’s approach to at-risk talent and create an inclusive economic recovery post-COVID-19. Under his leadership, LeadersUp has impacted over 60,000 young adults for an estimated total economic impact of $956M.
A native of Richmond, California, Jeffery proudly attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education before earning a master’s in organizational development from the University of California, Berkeley. Jeffery serves on the board of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Nate Parker Foundation, and California Forward. In 2022 he was appointed as commissioner to the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board where he will provide an urgent voice that will ensure Los Angeles County has an equitable economic recovery from COVID 19. He was most recently appointed to the California Youth Apprenticeship Committee.
Since 2013 LeadersUp has made it our mission to coach BIPOC talent and connect them with employment opportunities. As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary, our mission has evolved in response to the current social and political climate.
2013 - 2020
2023 - Present
We worked diligently as a talent development accelerator connecting young, diverse talent to socially conscious employers.
The global protests that broke out in the wake of George Floyd’s death underscored the importance of actively building an anti-racist economy.
In response we released our first manifesto - the Evolve Now report - and broadened the scope of our work to increase awareness about the importance of economic mobility.
We are currently building a community of consistently engaged change agents who will be empowered to educate the masses on what building an anti-racist economy looks like in action.
LeadersUp is now expanding into a one-stop destination for BIPOC talent, employers, TDPs and policymakers committed to building BIPOC-centric economic power and driving systems change.