Mrs. Marva Smith Battle-Bey, Executive Director Vermont Slauson EDC
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.
possesses a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Regional Planning, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.
Marva Smith Battle-Bey
is recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the realm of economic development.
is a nationally authority in this planning specialty field and has been instrumental in founding several organizations dedicated to empowering and providing economic development in the South Central Los Angeles community.
She is founder of the Coalition of Neighborhood Developers; founder of the Black Women's Network; founding member of the Friends of the Commission of the Status of Women for the City of Los Angeles; and President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
holds numerous leadership positions and memberships in economic development organizations.
On top of all of her professional activities, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California and serves as a lecturer in the School of Policy, Planning and Development.