The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) has elected Lynn Dymally, daughter of the late Rep. Mervyn Dymally, as chair of its national board of directors. She was sworn into office Sat., Oct. 2 by the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer.
“As a young adult, my father would take me to the National Congress of Black Women’s Annual Brunch and Awards Ceremony held during the Congressional Black Caucus weekend,” commented Dymally. “I never imagined that I would one day walk in the path of the iconic Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and Dr. C. Deloris Tucker – the founders of NCBW.
“I am humbled to be able to continue my father’s legacy of empowering Black women, their families, and their communities,” she continued. “I am thrilled and delighted to have the opportunity to work with Dr. E. Faye Williams, the current President/CEO of NCBW. Dr. Williams has a dynamic background in public service. She worked on my father‘s staff while he was a member of Congress, so, we have common concerns and solutions for the socio-economic role of Black women not only in America but globally, as well. I am compelled to do my part to improve the quality of life for my Black sisters who tread with me, before me, and behind me.”
Dymally is a retired adjunct associate professor of Legal Studies in Business at California State University, Long Beach where she taught for 15 years, researched and published on the topic of securities regulations, and served as a faculty fellow and Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) faculty advisor. She is currently an Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates fairly and honestly.
Having a family legacy in public service, Dymally was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (2013-2015) and she was elected to the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees in 1982 where she served for 10 years.
Dymally is also the co-founder of the NCBW’s South Bay Chapter and has volunteered her time by providing weekly tutoring to children who participated in Executives Fore Kids, a golf program for at-risk youth in the city of Compton; serving on the Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent’s Roundtable, as well as on two LBUSD School Site Councils and numerous PTA’s.
Born and educated in Los Angeles County, Dymally attended public schools, graduated from Hollywood High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the UC San Diego majoring in Communication/Sociology, a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands, and a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law. She is the daughter of the late Hon. Mervyn M. Dymally, California’s first Black Lieutenant Governor and actress Amentha V. Dymally.
The NCBW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the educational, political, and cultural development of African-American women and youth. Currently, NCBW trains women for leadership and decision-making positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.