South L.A. activist appointed to MTA Board
Jackie Dupont-Walker begins immediately
OW Staff Writer | 7/25/2013, midnight
South Los Angeles housing advocate Jackie Dupont-Walker was one of three people appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board by Mayor Eric Garcetti, and her first meeting is today. Dupont-Walker, who serves a term dictated by the mayor, is the head of Ward Economic Development Group, which is connected with Ward A.M.E. Church.
She was also a major force in recent city redistricting efforts, joining with other Black leaders to fight for political gains that she said would have been wiped out when the lines for voting districts were redrawn.
Dupont-Walker also chairs the USC Master Plan Advisory Council. She represents West Adams residents as USC plans a multibillion-dollar redevelopment of some areas near the campus.
“A world-class [transportation] system should be accessible to every L.A. neighborhood,” Dupont-Walker said in a statement.