Leonard Swanson

Leonard Swanson

Project Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice


Leonard Swanson


Leonard joined the jail diversion evaluation team in February 2017 while completing his MSW at Wayne State University. His interest in macro social work led him to the confluence of broken mental health and criminal justice systems, which became too convoluted and captivating to ignore. His skills in geographic information system technology and data visualization help the team distill complex ideas to simple formats for interdisciplinary audiences of social workers, law enforcement officials, and legislative bodies. Leonard has presented his work at the Society for Social Work Research and the Michigan CIT Conference.


Leonard leads Jail Diversion evaluation and Stepping Up technical assistance efforts within several counties across Michigan including Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, and Washtenaw Counties. Responsibilities include regular communication, data collection, and ongoing collaboration and coordination with behavioral health and criminal justice stakeholders.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Limited License Master Social Worker (LLMSW)
  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BA, Religious Studies, University of Oregon

Office Location

 Office #226, Prentis - 5201 Cass Avenue