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Dr. Lula Bailey Ballton - Commissioner

Dr. Lula Bailey Ballton was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and approved by the Los Angeles City Council on July 8, 2009.  Dr. Lula Bailey Ballton is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of West Angeles Community Development Corporation (WACDC), a Ministry of West Angles Church, led by Bishop Charles E. Blake. 

West Angeles CDC is dedicated to increasing social and economic justice, demonstrating compassion and alleviating poverty as tangible expressions of the Kingdom of God through the vehicle of community development.  Under Dr. Ballton’s leadership, WACDC received a Best Practices Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its signature affordable housing project, West A Homes; a Presidential Commendation for its dispute resolution programs; and state, county and city recognition for its social service, housing and economic development programs. 

Before founding the WACDC, Dr. Ballton spent 14 years as a professor and administrator at Delaware State University, the City Colleges of Chicago, Los Angeles and El Camino College and Loyola Marymount University.  In 1990, she earned a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law and practiced at the California State Department of Justice and at Bryan, Cave, McPheeters and McRoberts. 

Dr. Ballton continues to be active in the civil rights community and with Harvard Divinity School, Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, Southern California Edison Advisory Board, National Congress of Community Economic Developers, Christian Community Development Association, and Churches United for Economic Development, Black Women Lawyers, School Search, Inc., and Habitat for Humanity.

Dr. Ballton is married to Carl Ballton, ,SVP and President of Union Bank Foundation.  They are the proud parents of Jabari, Issa Carl and Micah and the grandparents of Caleb, Camaron and Cason.