Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker is founding president of the Ward Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in Los Angeles which has built/remodeled/managed low income housing in the city. Under her leadership, WEDC has initiated an intergenerational asset mapping project, engaged in community empowerment, activated a census count initiative for two de-centennial efforts, led in community education re the Affordable Care Act, and been involved in the construction of Chesterfield Square, the first retail mall in South LA in over a decade creating approximately 600 jobs. After more than 40 years in various professional responsibilities, she is now one of most highly respected and influential lay persons in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. “Jackie” is a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E) and has been an active member of Ward A.M.E Church in Los Angeles for 39 years. In 2008, Jackie was elected the Director-Consultant of Social Action and has led in stimulating the social action/justice initiatives for the AME Church in the interfaith, ecumenical, civic, public and secular spheres.