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Mrs. Marva Smith Battle-Bey

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Executive Director

Phone: (323) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: m***@***.org
Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation
1130 West Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles , California 90044
United States

Company Description: The Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) is a community based non-profit organization located in South Central Los Angeles. Established in 1979...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's Degree , Public Administration
  • Master's Degree , Urban Planning and Regional Planning
  • Masters Degree , Public Administration
  • Masters Degree , Urban Planning and Regional Planning
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Web References
NCRC Board of Directors, 9 Aug 2015 [cached]
Marva Smith Battle-Bey
President Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corp., 8 July 2015 [cached]
Marva Smith Battle-Bey, President
National Community Reinvestment Coalition - Marva Smith Battle-Bey, 28 April 2010 [cached]
Marva Smith Battle-Bey | Next National Community Reinvestment Coalition - Marva Smith Battle-Bey National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
Marva Smith Battle-Bey
Executive Director Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corp., 8 July 2015 [cached]
Marva Smith Battle-Bey Ms. Battle-Bey has been the Executive Director of VSEDC for the past thirty years, spearheading the organization to accomplish over $60 million in economic development projects within the Vermont Slauson community. As a nationally recognized authority on economic development, Ms. Battle-Bey has also attained academic recognition from the University of Southern California, where she is a Ph.D. candidate and serves on the Advisory Council for the School of Policy, Planning and Development. Active in a variety of organizations, Ms. Battle-Bey is a member and/or serves on the Board of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, Association of Women Business Entrepreneurs, the Southern California Business Development Center, a multi-bank CDC representing 30 lenders and a loan fund of $35 million; the California Economic Development Lending Initiative (CEDLI), and the California Organized Investment Network (COIN), which was co-founded by VSEDC. Ms. Battle-Bey possesses a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Regional Planning, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.
Board Of Directors, 9 Jan 2010 [cached]
** Marva Smith Battle-Bey
As an active member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) for 20 years, Marva Smith Battle-Bey has held many leadership positions not only at the local chapter level but also on the national board. Specifically, she has served as program chairperson, vice-president and president of the Los Angeles Chapter and board member and first vice-president at the national level. In June of 2006, NCBW elected Ms. Battle-Bey president at its biennial conference in Houston, Texas.
Recognized as a national authority on economic development, she began her efforts to revitalize South-Central Los Angeles through the then Mayor Tom Bradley's office. In 1979, she worked in his Office of Economic Development for two years until she became the executive director of Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC). VSEDC was a citizen advisory committee established by the mayor in response to the community's concern regarding the closing of a Sears Department Store. In 1990, she became the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit, which now specializes in commercial, industrial and residential development. Under her capable leadership, VSEDC has completed over $40 million in economic development projects within the Vermont Slauson community.
Namely, in 1981, a 10-acre, $10 million shopping centre-Vermont Slauson Shopping Center-was opened in the area creating more than 450 jobs and significantly revitalizing the community. Since then, the organization has developed housing projects and provided technical assistance to businesses.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Battle-Bey attended Michigan State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in urban planning. She also possesses a master's degree in both urban and regional planning and in public administration, which were both earned from the University of Southern California (USC). Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at USC. She began her professional career as a lecturer. From 1975 to 1978, she taught urban studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Also, beginning in 1975, she worked at USC as a public-administration lecturer. Ms. Battle-Bey then became a trainer in the Community Development Training Program at USC's School of Business. She held this position from 1993 to 1996. Currently, she is a lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Research, Department of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles.
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