Board of Directors
Byron K. Reed, Chair
SVP and Head of Community Development, CIT/OneWest Bank
Mablean Ephriam, Esq., Treasurer Philanthropist/Media Personality
Gregory L. Johnson, Secretary
Marketing Director, KJLH (Retired)
Dr. Lula Ballton, CEO Emeritus
National Community Development, COGIC, International
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Chairman Emeritus
Presiding Bishop, West Angeles COGIC
Dr. Belinda Allen, Executive Director
Finance Management, Boeing (Retired)
Real Estate Broker
Human Resources Director (Retired)
Sheryl Warren Harris
Real Estate Broker/Owner/CEO Sepulveda Group Enterprises. Inc.
Winston Johnson President, Winsonic Digital Cable System Enterprises
Candida Mobley, Vice Chair Owner, Voices, Inc. (Retired)
Terrence Payne, Principal/Consultant Taylor’s Marketing & Management
Dr. Giovanna Brasfield Outreach & Diversity Manager
Dr. Desiree Tillman-Jones Dentist (Retired)
Anne C. Smith, Esq.(Cook County, IL) Asst. Chief Deputy Clerk (Retired)
The mission of West Angeles Community Development Corporation is to increase social and economic justice, demonstrate compassion and alleviate poverty as tangible expressions of the Kingdom of God through the vehicle of community development.
West Angeles CDC was founded in early 1994 as an outreach program of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, then a 15,000-member congregation in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. Dr. Lula Ballton and Bishop Charles E. Blake, together with Trustees of West Angeles Church, founded the CDC to expand the compassionate outreach and neighborhood development ministries of the church in the face of mounting problems of poverty and injustice in the surrounding community.
Lack of jobs, business investment and affordable, decent housing, struggling schools, endemic homelessness and gang activity were all signs that new, long-term improvements were needed. At the same time, new business and community-building activities had also begun and were growing. These signs were new life and hope on which to build. In January 1994, the CDC was incorporated as a nonprofit organization to bring together people and resources to help develop the community.
In 2017, nearly 20,000 homeless individuals walked the streets in Los Angeles County. In South Los Angeles alone, 1 out of 3 rental households could benefit from financial awareness, and our youth are at risk. West Angeles Community Development Corporation is the conduit through which we disseminate resources to the community and for the past 25 years we have provided Homes and Hope. We believe that healthy communities promote healthy people.
A very special “thank you” to our sponsors for their faithful and continued support! It is because of their diligence and commitment that we have been able to offer innovative programs through our various departments: Community Assistance & Outreach, Homeownership & Financial Capabilities, and Real Estate Development.