Bio: Wendy Talley
Wendy Talley’s career is a rich tapestry of community advocacy and engagement as a highly seasoned professional facilitator, life coach and trainer. Wendy has worked for over 30 years in the field of social issues facing vulnerable populations including health, poverty, housing, homelessness, incarceration, mental health, substance abuse and wages. Wendy has over 20 years of leadership education, transformational program design and delivery.
Currently, Wendy serves as a program manager for the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership as the lead staff person on the Community Crime Victims Services Grant Program
Funded by the Colorado Department of Public health and Environment.
Wendy has most recently worked as a lead facilitator for Adams County Social Services, the Center Advancing LGBT Colorado and Caring for Colorado Foundation staff where she facilitated training on diversity, equity and inclusiveness. She graduated from the Family Leadership Team Institute (FLTI 5-Points Class of 2014) and facilitated the FLTI Five Points youth cohort in 2017. She also recently served on the African American Equity Task force for Denver Public Schools in 2017.
Through Bold Leaders, Wendy designed and managed comprehensive programs for six international leadership education exchange projects working with young people, including leading a delegation in Uganda.
She galvanized to build a new corporate culture, post-merger between The Spot Youth Center and Urban Peak and was the lead in orchestrating a successful $500,000 grant application with five culturally and economically diverse collaborators to address youth employment.
As chairperson for the Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative - a private and public partnership - that received a $4.2 million Housing and Urban Development Shelter Plus Care Grant award.
Wendy also played a principal role collaborating with community service providers, neighborhood associations, the business community and homeless individuals for the City of Santa Monica’s Strategic Plan to address homelessness and oversee the appropriation of $5 million in City funds for the project.