Making WAVES For Black History Month: Nolan Rollins

Nolan Rollins is the seventh President and Chief Executive Officer of the 94-year-old Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL). In that position he leads a strong staff focused in the areas of economic, and workforce development, early childhood education, health, parental engagement, policy and social justice. He was also appointed to the Board of Airport Commissioners for a term ending in June of 2019.

Prior to assuming the LAUL position in February 2013, Commissioner Rollins served as president of the New Orleans Affiliate of the Urban League, where he designed and implemented employment and housing strategies to help stabilize the local communities following Hurricane Katrina. Simultaneously Rollins was the Chairman of the New Orleans Aviation Board responsible for the airport’s redesigned internal operations.

A native of Baltimore, Md., Rollins began his professional career with the National Urban League more than nine years ago as Executive Vice President of the Greater Baltimore affiliate. He is a founder of the National Urban League Young Professionals, Baltimore Chapter (NULYP), whose mission is to support the Urban League Movement through volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development.

Rollins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration with an economics concentration from Virginia State University, a Master of Arts degree in legal ethics and historical studies from the University of Baltimore, and a juris doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, Rollins was associate justice of the Honor Court, a member of the Judicial Review Board and a Student Bar Association representative.

Segment 1 – Nolan talks about growing up in Baltimore City, the son of a working mother with three jobs

Segment 2 – Nolan explains how he grew from an average student to become and achiever and a serious seeker of knowledge

Segment 3 – Nolan details his path to becoming a lawyer and understanding basic legal principles and how they affect our lives

Segment 4 – On living and working in post Katrina New Orleans with the Urban League and the airport commission

Segment 5 – On coming to Southern California to run the LA Urban League

Segment 6 – Nolan says his greatest accomplishment is his 12 year old son Mason

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