Leslie Silletti – Director of Grants & Programs

While specializing in policy and program development, workforce development, and intergovernmental relations, Leslie Silletti brings more than 15 years of experience in developing and implementing solutions for some of the most challenging topics facing local governments. Leslie performed these functions over the course of several years for the City of Milwaukee Common Council, Mayor, Workforce Investment Board, and Police Department. During this time, she directed interagency collaborations and strategic planning around many critical issues facing the city, such as the foreclosure crisis, mass unemployment, and police-community engagement. As the creator and director of the Compete Milwaukee Program, she led the City’s efforts in creating a public sector transitional jobs strategy that continues to connect criminal justice system-involved individuals with family-sustaining employment opportunities. As co-creator of the Milwaukee Police Ambassador Program, she led the effort to bridge workforce development, youth engagement, and community development efforts within the police department. In her role as Planning and Policy Director for the Milwaukee Police Department, Leslie managed the activities of both sworn and civilian staff as they performed a wide variety of activities that had agency and city-wide impact, including the department’s strategic crime analysis section, its research partnerships, and management of the local and federal grants portfolio.

She managed and has first-hand, practitioner experience in many grant programs that MCCA members are currently participating in, such as the Field-Initiated Program, the National Public Safety Partnership, Strategies for Policing Innovation, Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction, and the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Leslie joins the MCCA team from her current role as Program Manager with Lafayette Group, where she has provided support to the MCCA over the course of nearly two years. During that time, she has supported the efforts of the MCCA in staffing the Violent Crime Advisory Board and co-authoring the Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide, working with MCCA agencies in developing training and technical assistance proposals through the Collaborative Reform Initiative-Technical Assistance Center, representing the MCCA in the Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officials program, and working collaboratively with the many federal and partner agencies the MCCA and its member agencies engage with on a regular basis.