Board of Directors

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Lauren Taylor
Treasurer

As a youngster growing up in rural South Carolina, Lauren's initial career aspiration was to become an attorney. However, her goals changed when her high school started a video production club and she became the vice president and on-air talent for her school's morning announcements. Her love for journalism continued to grow at the University of Florida, where she majored in broadcast journalism was awarded the prestigious John S. and James L. Knight Foundation award. Upon graduation, she began her career in radio as a morning board operator and on-air personality at WTMG in Gainesville, FL.

She became intrigued with working behind the scenes after collaborating with BET’s Wrap It Up personnel to coordinate a local community outreach campaign. Soon afterward, she started working behind the scenes as a clearance and location coordinator for reality television and she transitioned into production finance in 2010. Since then, she has worked on countless television and film productions including Black Panther, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Godzilla: King of Monsters.

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Tori Bailey
Secretary

Tori Bailey is a Native Kansas City-born where Jazz is Legendary and BBQ is primary, growing up around Gates BBQ and state legislator(s) and THE processes.

She served as a "page" in the state capitol at a very young age and knows how to maneuver within any government edifice. She worked in a family-oriented record store in middle school ordering, maintaining inventory, archiving, as well as cashiering without missing a beat, and playing violin in orchestral settings in major halls often in Missouri.

She could not imagine life without music, instruments, and tap dance. The Arts are a staple that she supports wholeheartedly especially Shakespearean plays, theatre, and film.

She has earned her Master’s in Health Administration and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management. She is a worker bee in the community who makes a difference in many people's lives even prior to becoming officially elected in her current role as the Public Safely/Community Engagement and Homeless (Unsheltered) Liaison for the 10th District which covers areas between Crenshaw and Western and Jefferson to Pico. She is an independent consultant who accepts projects for some local companies, inclusive of hospitals, some as far as Bakersfield who takes care of her travels and hotel stays while on the job: from staff development, patient record audits, conservatorship processing, third party audit compliance, and statistics.

Tori promotes businesses that she believes in and is instrumental with collaborations such as the year 2018 Chairperson of the Culver City Martin Luther King Celebration where she opened up the door for one of the local filmmakers of the historical film event that took place at Cornell University in the '60s and the filmmaker engaged in stimulating dialogue and Q and A. A youth leadership component was added this year as well where 22 youth participated in learning to be engaging and be a positive participant within their communities and spread the city adaptive model of kindness throughout their schools and beyond.

For three (3) years Ms. Bailey was President of a 450-member professional organization which at the time was a one-year term thus she was re-elected and instrumental in having educational seminars in all of the areas of her then territory of Ventura County, Santa Barbara, San Luis all the way to the border of Pomona.

Tori is the Community Conduit who assesses and observes the occurrences in communities with viable suggestions for the betterment and unification of one another. She is a solutionist for many dilemmas that she is called upon for counsel.

She was instrumental in obtaining funds for one of the largest (capacity) homeless shelters in 2012 (88 Beds). She has been the homeless count coordinator for the Los Angeles Services Authority at Holman Church for the past few years with approximately 200 volunteers that show up to complete 100% of the tract maps that are issued by the Los Angeles County. Now interested in homeless placement because there are so many homeless that work daily, not on drugs, not on alcohol, and NOT violent. She is an advocate to encourage persons to help themselves by helping others in this effort. She has placed persons with friends and other willing households with additional properties who get a monthly economic enhancement.

Tori is an educator who has taught at Charles R. Drew University and other post-private Secondary Schools and is administratively instrumental in obtaining accreditations for specialized programs that focus on patient privacy, confidentiality, governance, accuracy, and statistics within a highly regulated profession.

Ms. Bailey is thanked often for helping others including those she is not directly connected to within the city limits of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Culver City, Beverly Hills, and beyond.

She is on the board of the Black Community Clergy Labor Alliance, Healthy African American Families, Anchor of Hope, and Beverly Hills Hollywood NAACP. She has two children one who lives abroad and one who graduates from UC Irvine this summer.

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Charles Douglass
Co-Founder and Artistic Director of, The Performing Arts for Life and Education Foundation, Inc. (PALEF)

A 25-year-old nonprofit Arts Organization serving the underserved and disenfranchised youth, young adults, and families of South Los Angeles and surrounding areas.  PALEF’s 25th-anniversary celebration will be on March 20, 2020, in Hollywood. Mr. Douglass is also the creator and writer of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Songfest, just completing its twelfth year of existence. 

Mr. Douglass Has had an extremely active career, spanning over a forty-year period.  Hailing from Philadelphia (the city of ‘Brotherly Love’), he is a Producer, Director, Actor, and award-winning writer.  Mr. Douglass has appeared in over eight Broadway shows including the title role in “The Wiz”, “Eubie”, and other credits too numerous to list here.  Among them he lists: Co-starring in the London production of an award-winning musical opposite the late, Ms. Lena Horne; the international tour of her one-woman show, "Lena Horne...The Lady and Her Music".  He also toured with the late Lauren Bacall in "Sweet Bird of Youth.” Mr. Douglass is the proud recipient of two coveted NAACP Theatre Awards for excellence in Musical Theatre writing and producing, in Los Angeles.

As a writer, Mr. Douglass has been commissioned to create a trilogy of Shakespearean comedies as contemporary American Musical Theatre. He is adapting “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”, “Much Ado About Nothing” and “As You Like It”. Combined the pieces are Mr. Douglas’s “Funkified Shakespearean Musical Trilogy”. His dynamic calypso musical play "De Obeah Mon", (based on Moliere’s ‘The Doctor In Spite Of Himself’), received 6 NAACP Theatre Awards, rave notices, multiple accolades, other awards, and honors, and is slated for a revival production and tour in the Fall and Winter of 2020.  Currently in the works also, are two events being designed for television, “It’s The Happiest Time Of The Year” (originally titled “And Christmas Came To Watts Too…”), and his major television pilot sit-com entitled “Mummy and The Ghost” created and written by Mr. Douglass.

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Gilbert Buchanan
MA is the owner and founder of Buchanan & Associates

  • Core Competencies: contract-readiness training & development, business infrastructure development, Back-office set-up & management; certification preparation for DBEs, DBVEs, MBEs,SBA 8(a), SBEs, and labor compliance.

  • He has successfully assisted small businesses in securing over $90 Million in contract awards.

  • Award Winner of LA Business Journal Latino Business Advocate of the year for 2016.

  • Earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and a Bachelor’s in Human Services.

  • 2015 winner of the Trailblazer of the Year Award from the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce SFV.

  • Creator of SmallBizPro™ An Online Businessreadiness, contract-readiness, and loan platform.

  • Former Procurement Chairman for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) 2015 - 2018

  • Gilbert has provided contract compliance and outreach services for the Los Angeles Community College District $6 Billion Sustainable Construction 9-Campus Building Program; and Expo Light Rail Program.

  • He has successfully developed and facilitated more than 10,500 hours of Small Business Boot Camp coaching and training seminars, resulting in DBEs/MBEs/SBEs obtaining over $90 million in contracts.

  • He provided oversight and compliance management for Metro’s $1.6 Billion Exposition Light Rail construction program which included 4 major prime contractors and 150 subcontractors.

  • He successfully monitored and supervised a $900 million DBE/SBE contract compliance and labor compliance program with approximately 140 contracts for LA METRO.

  • Gilbert also assisted under-served businesses in the San Fernando Valley secure over $35 million in public works contract awards.

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Rosa M. Russell
President, City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission

Ms. Rosa M. Russell, President of the City of Los Angeles, Human Relations Commission, Emeritus, holds more than 35 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors and retired from the City of Los Angeles.

As a child, she grew up in South Central Los Angeles California, and graduated from David Starr Jordan High School. She also took many college classes to help improve her skills and knowledge. Having begun her career with the Los Angeles Unified School District, she worked her way up to Intermediate Clerk Typist. Unbeknownst to her, Go had another plan for her life: politics.

The passionate LA native currently serves as President of the 54th Assembly District and has been an elected member of the Democratic Party for 19 years. Her professional political career started when she was hired by Councilman David Cunningham as a community service representative, a position lasting over 10 years.   After Councilman Nate Holden was elected to the Tenth Council District on June 9, 1987, she was selected to be the district deputy for Senior Citizens Affairs.

 “This is when and where I realized my passion to advocate for many issues faced by senior citizens. “ Rosa worked for Councilman Nate Holden until his term ended which was 16 years. She received a new position with the Los Angeles Community Development Department as a project assistant where she worked for six years. 

 

Rosa is a lifelong member of the West Angeles Church of God and Christ and an active member. She has also been a member of public service organizations including her tenure as President of the Tenth District Women’s Steering Committee for 10 years. She also served as Board of Trustee for the oldest African American Club, New Frontier Democratic Club, and has been an elected member of the Los Angeles County Central Committee Democratic Party since the year 2000.

Rosa also serves as a Board member for the Center for Health CARE RIGHTS.  Her personal quest is to help support and inspire people to help make the world a better place for all families.