Making WAVES For Black History Month: Jacquelyn Dupont Walker

Jacqueline Dupont-Walker has spent more than 40 years as a professional in the public and private sectors.

Early in life she was impacted by the models of an entrepreneurial and visionary father (a civil rights leader and logging truck company owner, preacher) and maternal grandfather (a shoemaker and farmer) who taught her self- determination and self- reliance in the context of a strong faith and a commitment to community service.

Her maternal role models included a clever “sistah” Grandmom (seamstress, teacher with 8th grade education, & nurturer) and Mother-dear (educator, community volunteer) who demonstrated and expected excellence. “Jackie” pioneered in desegregating Fla. State University, and has trail blazed on behalf of women and people of color in many arenas. She forged a path in defining banking needs in the community as a member of the Bank of America’s first Social Policy Board and the District 11 Federal Home Loan Social Policy Board.

She is the founding president of Ward Economic Development Corporation and for 26 years has led it in developing over 280 units of affordable housing, encouraging indigenous leadership, creating neighborhood networks, facilitating job creation, conducting asset mapping, and spearheading an intergenerational community building effort. WEDC is currently developing “Crenshaw Gateway” a village concept – mixed income, use, and ownership structure.

Over the past two decades, she has worked tirelessly in the community to represent stakeholders at the table with the Univ. of Southern California (USC). Her advocacy began with protesting encroachment into the neighborhoods and has moved to include retaining that advocacy voice as chair of the Galen Center Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee and the University Village Project Advisory Committee. Jackie’s voice on the local CAC led to being honored as a Community Pillar with a permanent plaque on the local campus.

In 2013, she was appointed to the METRO board by Mayor Eric Garcetti. She is the only non-elected official serving on the METRO board. Jackie has also participated in her neighborhood Lafayette Square Association activities since 1977, and in 2005 she was elected and continues to serve as its president.

Segment 1 – Jackie talks about her family heritage in Tallahassee, Florida

Segment 2 – Her educational background

Segment 3 – Why she chose a career that would allow her to serve her community

Segment 4 – Jackie explains why the mayor appointed her to the MTA Board and talks about helping businesses along the Crenshaw corridor to survive during the construction of the Crenshaw metro line

Segment 5 – Jackie describes her vision for the city of L.A.

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