UPDATED: July 5, 2012


June 29, 2012



Board Chair Noel Massie announces Executive Search Committee and retention of The Hawkins Company to lead nationwide search

Los Angeles – On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Urban League, Noel Massie, Board Chair, announces today the implementation of an Executive Search Committee to begin the nationwide search to fill the position of President & CEO of the agency. Departing President & CEO Blair H. Taylor will formally leave the League on July 20, 2012.

The Executive Search Committee is comprised of Los Angeles Urban League Board Members. Graciela Meibar, Vice President, Global Sales Training and Global Diversity, Mattel, Inc. and Debbie Pattillo, Director of Diversity Marketing, Southern California, American Airlines, are serving as Co-chairs of the committee. The entire Executive Search Committee members are: Wes Coleman, The Walt Disney Co., (retired); Michelle Merriweather, President, Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals; Patricia Miller, Vice President, Human Resources, Southern California Edison; Maxine Ransom Von Phul, President, Winmax Construction Co.; and Nancy Shelmon, Partner-in-Charge (retired), PricewatershouseCoopers, LLC. Robert D. Taylor, former Los Angeles Urban League Board member and member of the National Urban League Board also will serve on the Committee. Taylor was the chair of the 2005 search committee which successfully engaged Blair H. Taylor. The League liaison for the Board's Executive Search Committee is Angela Reddock, Vice President, Human Resources.




 Vice President of Marketing & Communications

L. C. “Chris” Strudwick-Turner joined the Los Angeles Urban League in March 2006 as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications. Strudwick-Turner is responsible for all marketing, communications and public relations as well as development. Reporting directly to the President & CEO, she plays a pivotal role in the creation and implementation of the League’s strategic planning and organizational marketing/PR plans.




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Angela Reddock, Human Resources Executive

Reddock is a distinguished attorney, with a specialty in human resources and employment and labor law. While the bulk of her practice has included employment and labor law litigation on behalf of employers, her greatest joy is in working with clients to grow and enhance their human capital and their human resources infrastructure. To this extent, she has joined the Los Angeles Urban League to provide leadership in implementing its “Good to Great” employee enhancement and human resources program.

In addition to her work with the Los Angeles Urban League, Reddock maintains her private law practice where she represents public, private and non-profit sector employers in all aspects of employment and labor law litigation, including wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination. Reddock also provides preventative training on such topics as “Managing within the Law: The Do’s & Don’ts of Managing for Supervisors” and “Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”. Read More...




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Dr. Winston Doby, Executive Consultant to LA Urban League

His history with UCLA began in the 1950s when he was a track and field city champion from Fremont High with plans to attend Compton College. However, his track coach, Bill Thayer, was a UCLA alumnus whothought differently. Thayer, aware of Doby's athletic talent and academic prowess, drove him to UCLA during the last week of school, urging the coaches to award him a scholarship.Nearly a lifetime of service later, Doby has made an indelible impression at the institution and is one of the highest-ranking African Americans in the entire UC system. He received three degrees from UCLA: a bachelor’s in mathematics, a master’s in education, and a doctorate in higher education administration. Then in return, he gave back to the school that helped him. He was the driving force behind building the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, the Tom Bradley International Hall, and the renovation of the John Wooden Center.






Pamela Bakewell, Chief Neighborhood Officer, Neighborhoods@Work

Pamela A. Bakewell, Executive Team Member and Chief Neighborhood Officer of the Los Angeles Urban League, leads one of the organization’s most innovative initiatives, Neighborhoods@Work (N@W). Ms. Bakewell and her team’s focus are to revitalize a designated area of South Los Angeles through Neighborhoods@Work (N@W), a 5-year holistic placed based neighborhood model that measurably impacts 5 disciplines simultaneously—Education, Employment, Safety, Housing and Health—with a strong emphasis on community engagement and outreach. Neighborhoods@Work was launched in 2007 in the 70-block area of Park Mesa Heights with a $25 million budget over 5 years that leverages high level partnerships and community stakeholders to collaborate and change the targeted community one block at a time. Over 100 partnerships have been established to effect on the ground change. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to create a best practices model for sustainable neighborhood change that can be replicated throughout urban communities in Los Angeles and even across the country. Read More...




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Renita Smith, Vice President of Strategy

As Vice President of Strategy at the Los Angeles Urban League, Renita Smith brings a wealth of management experience spanning both the private sector and non-profit realm. An award-winning strategic manager and marketer, Renita has helped both private firms and nonprofit organizations achieve their strategic goals. Early in life, Renita developed an interest in business as a tool for social change. Her father led local Small Business Administration efforts to promote minority entrepreneurship as a tool for economic development. Dinner table stories of minority business owners gaining access to capital – and using that capital to provide jobs and improve communities – left an indelible imprint on Renita. She developed an unwavering commitment to helping businesses and community organizations harness their resources to transform the community. Read More...






Kyla Lee, Vice President of Finance (Currently updating Bio)


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