Leslie C. Werosh was appointed as the Executive Director of Ability Now Bay Area in March 2015. She comes to the organization with more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector, with thirteen years in the field of Developmental Disabilities.
Prior to her arrival at the Ability Now, Leslie was the Division Director of Operations and Compliance at the California Autism Foundation in Richmond, CA, where she held several leadership positions over the past 11 years, including Vice President of Programs and Senior Director of Special Education and Development. Leslie’s career has focused on enhancing, promoting, and operating programs that help individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities access opportunities and gain independence and self-advocacy. Empowering children and adults in improving their lives is a passion she has always possessed.
Leslie’s educational path was chosen to better prepare her to ensure excellent nonprofit operations and provide an outstanding quality of service. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master of Public Administration degree specializing in Non-profit Administration from San Francisco State University.
Leslie is a member of the San Francisco State Chapter of the Pi Alpha Honorary Society – the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, and the American Society for Public Administration. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Alameda County VOAD and is a member of the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Functional Assessment Service Teams.