Leslye began her work in housing as a student lobbyist, providing her with the passion and drive to create and implement solutions to the state’s housing crisis. While still at UC Davis, she joined the California Department of Housing and Community Development where she had the opportunity to work with some of the first State grant and lending programs. From there she moved on to the City of San Jose Housing Department where she spent 24 years, including 14 years as Director. Upon leaving the City, she co-founded SV@Home, a housing policy and advocacy nonprofit working in the high-cost Silicon Valley. She now works as a consultant and is happy to be working with the Terner Center and the Terner Housing Labs on a number of exciting projects.
Leslye has served on a number of federal, State, and regional housing boards and was the Co-Chair of CASA—the Committee to House the Bay Area, a nine-county regional effort to respond to the Bay Area’s housing crisis. She is on the Board of the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) and the San Jose Earthquakes Foundation and is a member of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women.