Leesha Posey is an organizational leader, small business coach, educator and advocate for intentional and purposeful equity, diversity and inclusion. From working as an educator in the Washington, D.C. public school system, to becoming a business owner and coaching potential entrepreneurs to do the same, and spearheading community and engagement efforts for the last five years at the City of Portland, Leesha has always had a passion for empowering others.
Leesha is currently the Equity Manager for the City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services. In her role she oversees the operationalization of the bureau’s Racial Equity Plan. Passionate about addressing disparities, Leesha leads collaborative work on systems, programs and services to better meet the needs of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community members. She works with a team of six to ensure the bureau's EDI goals are met in all aspects of its services externally as well as in its culture and working environment internally.
Leesha is inspired to serve and give back to the community that invested in her while growing up in NE Portland. Specifically Portland's Black community, and her church family at Sharon SDA church. Leesha is a member of the Community Budget Review Committee for Portland Public Schools, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as well as the other local and national organizations. She has served as co-chair for the North/Northeast Community Development Initiative Oversight Committee for Prosper Portland, and is an alumna of Emerge Oregon Leadership program.
Outside of work, Leesha loves to travel, especially on road trips! Her most recent long road trip was from Portland to Chicago with stops in Yellowstone, Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore. Leesha has a 13-year old black lab mix named Poochy. She is a lifelong vegetarian and chocoholic!