Dr. Lula 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. Ballton is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation (WACDC), a Ministry of West Angeles Church, led by Bishop Charles E. Blake.
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 College 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 McRobets.
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 Micha, and grandparents of three grandchildren.