Leslie Lindo Director of Community Engagement Oakland, CA Director of Community Engagement Directs activities that ensures the BALLE community is deeply engaged and that replicable solutions and stories are harvested, curated, and spread widely to advance the localist movement. Leslie has directed the majority of her professional career towards solutions that mitigate the negative impact of the built environment on social networks and the integrity of natural systems. She became the first Certified Sustainable Building Advisor in the state of Arizona and co-founded Ikoloji Sustainability Collaborative to advance a sustainable society through education and economic development. After 5 years of training industry professionals in sustainability strategies, Leslie shifted her attention towards work that yields broader community impact. Before joining BALLE she co-founded Project Rising, an incubator for infill and adaptive reuse projects, to curate place-based businesses that revitalize blighted spaces in urban centers. Leslie has been dedicated to community engagement through service on boards for several nonprofit organizations, charrette facilitation for neighborhood associations and government agencies, and speaking engagements at industry conferences. Her efforts have earned honors from groups such as the Rob and Melani Walton ASU Sustainability Solutions Initiative and the Phoenix Business Journal.