RELEASE: The Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion Announces New President/CEO

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23 June 2021

The Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion Announces New President/CEO

Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion (LBCEI) announces the successful culmination of their search process with the hiring of a new President/CEO: Byron K. Reed, former SVP and Head of Community & Local Government Relations for CIT/One West Bank. Starting in July 2021, Mr. Reed will utilize his vast community and economic development experience to continue building the capacity and impact of LBCEI’s programs that serve LBCEI’s mission to expand inclusive economic opportunities to build and sustain wealth for all communities in Long Beach. “As the first President/CEO of the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion, I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the organization around this critical work” says Reed.

Reed has a long history of community involvement, with specific expertise in economic inclusion. At CIT/One West Bank, Reed oversaw a multi-million dollar annual philanthropic grant budget and partnered with key regional elected officials, civic/community leaders, the faith-based community and other nonprofit partners by hosting community forums to educate the community on the multitude of products & services offered by the bank. Reed also currently serves as the Board Chairman of West Angeles CDC, is an active board member of the Los Angeles Urban League, and volunteers his executive expertise to several other nonprofit organizations locally. 

“Byron Reed has deep expertise in economic inclusion efforts, and we are just thrilled that he has accepted the charge of expanding this work in our community. He’s had a very successful career doing community development work in the private sector, and I think it makes him uniquely qualified to bridge the gap here in Long Beach to build economic opportunities for all.” – LBCEI Board President, Bob Cabeza

In June 2019, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved the ‘Everyone In’ Implementation Plan, which included a recommendation to support the establishment of a Community Development Corporation (CDC) that facilitates economic development at the neighborhood-level. Following its approval, Wells Fargo provided a seed grant that was matched by the City of Long Beach to support the CDC’s startup process. With a clear direction set and funding secured, the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion was launched in March of 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic grew in severity and in economic impact, LBCEI quickly began work to meet the growing economic challenges facing our city, especially in the hardest hit underserved communities of North, Central and West Long Beach.

In its first year, LBCEI responded to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 by directing more than $750,000 in resources in the areas of Small Business support, Food Security, Digital Inclusion and Housing Services. Some of the highlights in the first year of the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion include:

  • Small Business Support – created a Business Navigator program that over the last 12 months has provided support to more than 150 small businesses; launched a small business economic resiliency program called CEO Forum for minority and women owned businesses; partnered on a collaborative technical assistance program called GO Digital that served 50 small businesses in low-income communities and served as a Kiva Loan trustee to provide no-interest loans to businesses facing challenges caused by the shutdown
  • Food Security – created the Long Beach Food Support Network, comprised of 11 community organizations, primarily churches and nonprofits that over the past 13 months has provided free food and produce to more than 1,500 households a week; organized a senior food delivery program that served more than 300 low-income homebound seniors during COVID; supported the city’s COVID education and vaccine distribution efforts through the Food Network
  • Digital Inclusion – provided free or low-cost internet to more than 200 students in partnership with Long Beach City College and the YMCA Early Childhood Education program; provided 100 hotspots and laptops to low-income families in partnership with the City of Long Beach Digital Inclusion task force
  • Housing Support – partnered with HUD certified counselors to provide free counseling for residents facing home loan challenges and home ownership issues

Overall, in its first year LBCEI partnered with more than 25 community organizations to direct resources and support to organizations and individuals in underserved communities of North, Central and West Long Beach.

Reflecting on the work ahead of him, Reed says “Now more than ever Economic Inclusion is critical in order to create an equitable environment for positive growth and impact throughout the City of Long Beach.”

For additional information about LBCEI, visit www.lbcei.org

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FULL BIO – BYRON K. REED 

Former SVP, Head of Community & Local Government Relations 

CIT/One West Bank

Byron K. Reed is the former senior vice president and head of Community & Local Government Relations at CIT/OneWest Bank, which offers a wide range of banking products in Southern California.   In his role at CIT/OneWest Bank, he oversaw the California territory.  CIT/One West has approximately 70 branches that encompasses territory, including Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, Ventura, San Diego and Orange Counties.  Under Reed’s direction led and was involved in all aspects of the Bank’s community & local government relations efforts, given his vast community and economic development experience, he also helped to identify new housing development and the rehabilitation of affordable housing, economic development efforts, including; workforce development/job creation, financial education and core community services by partnering with key region elected officials, civic/community leaders, the Faith Based Community and other Not for Profit Partners by hosting community forums, to educate the Community on the multitude of products & services offered by the bank.  

Reed also managed and oversaw the Bank’s multi-million dollar annual grant budget and engaged with key Community not for profit organizations to help achieve the Bank’s CRA obligations through strategic philanthropy.

CIT/OneWest has a long history of actively working in the Community. Reed is no newcomer to the African American Community or to the Greater Los Angeles Area and he actively supports a vast array of organizations through his board service, leadership and volunteerism in an effort to affect a positive and sustainable change in the Community. Reed currently serves as the Board Chairman, West Angeles CDC, is an active board member on the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) and Executive Committee, Big Brother’s, Big Sisters – Greater Los Angeles, Dymally Institute – CSU @ Dominguez Hills, Pat Brown Institute – CSU @ Los Angeles, COR CDC, KIS Foundation and Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAACC) and serves on the Corporate Advisory Board’s for the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC) and the Brotherhood Crusade to name just a few.

Reed previously was a senior vice president and region director, Community Relations, Greater Los Angeles/Orange County Region at Wells Fargo where he oversaw the lending and investment programs. Reed has more than 35+ years of banking experience working in the areas of community development, corporate philanthropy, community/government relations, trust services, small business, real estate and consumer lending. 

Reed was a regional vice president for Wells Fargo’s Community Development group in Texas from 1995 to 2001.  Prior to rejoining Wells Fargo in 2008, Reed was a senior vice president and business strategy executive in Bank of America’s Consumer Real Estate Group and was responsible for its Neighborhood Lending Unit.  He was a senior vice president at JPMorgan Chase Bank for a number of years where he worked in various divisions, including Small Business Banking, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy.  

Mr. Reed’s previous experience also includes working at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board as vice president of its Small and Emerging Business Division. 

Reed is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Fraternity, Southern University and A&M College Chapter and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Delta Xi Member Boule’.  Reed currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.  Reed earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and political science/public administration and a minor in business finance from the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University.

ABOUT LBCEI

Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion (LBCEI) is a 501(c)3 Community Development Corporation that expands inclusive economic opportunities to build and sustain wealth for all communities in Long Beach.

 LBCEI values include:

  • BRINGING EVERYONE IN
  • AN ECONOMY FOR ALL
  • ACCESS TO CAPITAL
  • INCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY

LBCEI History
Establishing a Community Development Corporation (CDC) was an objective of the ‘Everyone In’ Economic Inclusion Initiative and an undertaking of a core group of community partners: Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson, the ‘Everyone In’ Implementation Committee, Long Beach Community Action Partnership, Wells Fargo, and the City of Long Beach. In June 2019, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved the ‘Everyone In’ Implementation Plan, a comprehensive outline of five key recommendations that would help expand access to economic opportunity in the areas of Small Business and Diverse Entrepreneurship, Procurement, Workforce and Youth Development, Connectedness (Economic Resiliency), Housing and Homeownership. The recommendation to support the establishment of a Community Development Corporation (CDC) that facilitates economic development at the neighborhood-level was included in this package of economic inclusion recommendations. Following its approval, Wells Fargo provided a seed grant that was matched by the City of Long Beach to support the CDC’s startup process.

Carl Kemp

Environmental Health Public Affairs Manager,
LA County Department of Public Health

Carl Kemp is currently the Environmental Health Public Affairs Manager with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and has more than 20 years of experience in communications and public affairs. Prior to joining Public Health, Carl managed his own government affairs and public relations practice with a wide range of clients from international shipping to major non-profits. He also created the Office of Government Affairs and Communication in the City of Long Beach, and went on to create the Office of Government Affairs and Community Relations at the Port of Long Beach.

Kemp has a long history of community involvement in the Long Beach area, including earning a B.A. and MPA from California State University, Long Beach, where he served two terms as student body present. He also has earned a certificate in Executive Leadership from the Harvard University School of Government. He has developed messaging around many major initiatives from local to federal government, including the Green Port Policy at the Port of Long Beach. Over the years, Carl has served on many boards and has been blessed to be involved in numerous initiatives to improve the community and contribute to the people within it.

Carl’s proudest accomplishment is being a father.

VIVIAN SHIMOYAMA

President
Growth Small Business, LLC

Vivian Shimoyama has directed initiatives for public, non-profit, and private sector organizations setting strategic vision, and managing organization growth which resulted in economic impact. She is a recognized expert on small businesses and has advocated for thousands of small business owners through local, state, national and international initiatives. Dedicated to growing small businesses she heads two ventures — Growth Small Business, LLC and is the Chief Operating Officer of Scale Smarter Partners, these firms accelerate business growth through guided tools that allow companies to thrive. She advises and advocates for small businesses in a range of industries with outcomes that lead to opening doors of opportunity for entrepreneurs, strategic positioning, and focus on building operations infrastructure necessary to support growth. 

Most recently, Ms. Shimoyama was the Regional Executive Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) Initiative for Southern California. She built a regional team and worked with national organizations to create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business and management education program, access to capital, and business advisory support services.

She is the Chair Emeritus of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, National Association of Women Business Owners, and NAWBO Education Foundation, and advisor to the California Small Business Education Foundation, and University of Southern California Small Business Supplier Diversity Office. 

As a national and international leader, she has served as an appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, an independent federal government advisory council that advises the President and U.S. Congress on issues important to women owned businesses. Ms. Shimoyama has served as an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business; was a member of the U.S. delegation and facilitator for the landmark 10 Downing Street Economic Summit headed by the U.K. government; U.S. delegate to the Asia-Pacific (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit, bringing together private and public sector leaders for women’s economic empowerment.  

Ms. Shimoyama has been honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners, and received the National Women In Business Advocate Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In 2020, she was selected by the New York Museum of Arts and Design as one of 45 artists that have made significant developments in art jewelry since the mid- century: 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1946 to Now features pieces and jewelry artists in the past eighty years that have broadened the scope and reach of art as a wearable medium. Shimoyama Studio is located in downtown Long Beach where her fused glass artwork is displayed along with her creation The Glass Ceiling Pin that has received national recognition for breaking invisible barriers … glass ceilings.

REV. WAYNE CHANEY

Pastor- Antioch Church, LB

Wayne Chaney personifies the contemporary spiritual leader. He uniquely bridges people from different generations, cultures, and demographics through his relevant teaching and architecture of spirited worship atmospheres. His rich family heritage of clergyman fuels his genuine love for people. He stewards a five-decade legacy left by his grandfather, Joe Chaney, Jr. as he pastors Antioch Church of Long Beach. Wayne’s determination to shift culture is permeated throughout his ministry expression, oratory and brand tentacles.

Wayne has never been satisfied with status quo so whether it is a national television show, radio show, church congregation, regional festival, or by feeding thousands of people every month, he is destined to make a difference. Chaney is the visionary of the Long Beach Gospel Fest, the city’s premier gospel event held on the beautiful shores of downtown Long Beach. This yearly gathering brings politicians, business owners, gospel singers, and over 25,000 people together for inspiration, worship and music. “Beyond the gospel music, we are witnessing the addition of something new and wonderful to Long Beach,” he said to the Los Angeles Times.

He is strongly engaged civically as the former President of the California National African American Network, SBC, Board Member of the National African American Network, and on the Executive Board of the California Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Chaney serves on the Executive Board of Global Tribe International, whose mission is to rescue those in physical and spiritual poverty, reach communities with the gospel and recruit and empower young leaders. He is also the president emeritus of the Long Beach Ministers Alliance.

Pastor Chaney has added published author to his expanding repertoire as his novel Your Miraculous Potential: Maximizing God’s Creativity, Power and Direction is now available at retailers everywhere.

DR. JUAN BENITEZ

Director, CSULB Center For Civic Engagement

Dr. Juan M. Benitez is a father, educator, and community leader dedicated to Long Beach. He serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and as an Associate Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

With over 20 years of experience in higher education, Juan heads university-wide community engagement projects, programs, activities, and initiatives. He has helped raise close to $3 million in funding for projects in the region, working with over 100 nonprofit organizations and community groups as well as thousands of students and community members.

Through his work with the CCE, Juan helped to implement The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Long Beach, a 10-year effort to improve neighborhood conditions that contribute to good health. Juan also worked with AmeriCorps and community groups to create a collaborative vision to address youth development, parent engagement, equity and opportunity gaps, and school discipline issues in Long Beach schools.

Juan is also the proud son of hard-working immigrants from Mexico who came to the United States to pursue a better life for their family and achieve the American Dream.

Juan was elected to the Long Beach Unified School District Board, Third District, in June 2018.

Bob Cabeza

Retired Senior Vice President of Community Development,
YMCA of Greater Long Beach

Mr. Cabeza has thirty-nine years of experience in youth development, group work, community development, administration and digital technology programming resulting in the ability to build and lead unique programs designed to better the lives of children, youth and families.  Mr. Cabeza has worked in both community development, community engagement and group work with both children, youth and families for the YMCA, Foundation for the Junior Blind and Village Camps / ETR Tours in Switzerland. His special emphasis has been to help diverse youth develop good interpersonal and working relationships with each other through both the Youth Institute and Change Agent Productions. 

Mr. Cabeza has a special focus on youth development, economic and technology equity for underserved communities as it relates to developing social, emotional, academic and workforce success.  Prior to becoming Senior Vice President of Community Development, he served as Executive Director with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, YMCA Youth Institute Director, Associate Executive Director of the Ketchum YMCA in Los Angeles, Youth Services Director for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, and Director of Camp and Recreation Services for The Foundation for the Junior Blind.

He is the founder and creator of both the YMCA Youth Institute and Change Agent Productions social enterprise. He is a fellow of the ZeroDivide Foundation Z-Fellows Program and has been a panelist and presenter at several national conferences.  Mr. Cabeza is the first non-school-based educator to be named an Apple Distinguished Educator by Apple Inc.

DARICK J. SIMPSON

Executive Director - Miller Foundation​

Darick J. Simpson, currently serves as the president and CEO of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation — one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the city. He formerly served as the executive director of Long Beach Community Action Partnership.

Simpson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Alabama and a master’s in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, led LBCAP for the last 13 years. The nonprofit assists youth and families to reach self-sustainability.

Under Simpson’s direction, LBCAP became Long Beach’s public access television broadcast outlet and started a training program for youth in the performing arts and broadcast journalism. He grew LBCAP from a staff of 24 with a $1.3 million budget to an agency with a $10 million budget and 80 staff members.

A resident of Long Beach, Darick is a recognized leader in the community. Additionally, Mr. Simpson has served on various national, state, and regional boards including the PBS SoCal Advisory Board and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Commission.

Sharon Diggs-Jackson

Program Director, Elite Skills Development​

Sharon Jackson’s professional career includes 12 years with IBM where she served as an auditor and administrative branch manager.  Her 20-year career with the City of Long Beach included serving as an Analyst in the Long Beach Police Department’s Narcotics and Crime Analysis Divisions and Coordinator of the Neighborhood Nuisance Abatement Program. For the final 10 years of her career she was the city’s Airport Public Affairs Officer.

Following her retirement in 2009, Sharon, and her husband David, began a journey to discover and connect with their family roots that landed them in Selma, AL, where they purchased and renovated a historic home in Downtown Selma.  The home has been used as a center for racial healing and social action and a learning center for students studying the Civil War, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Movement.

A student of history, Sharon is an trained genealogist and author of, Images of America:SELMA. Published in November 2014, the book has been very well received and is now in its second printing. 

Currently, Sharon serves as the Program Officer for Elite Skills Development, a non-profit organization that provides services to create pathways to self-sustainability for at-risk and under-resourced youth and young adults.

Sharon is a member of the Long Beach City College Citizen Oversight Committee, a board member of the Long Beach African American Cultural Center, the Executive Committee of the Selma Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc-Long Beach Alumnae Chapter and The Links, Inc.

CDC WORKING GROUP

Antioch Church | Carl Kemp

Antioch LB | Wayne Chaney, Jr.

City of Long Beach, Economic Development | John Keisler

City of Long Beach, Economic Development | Rebecca Kauma

City of Long Beach, Health Dept. | Katie Balderas 

City of Long Beach, Health Dept. | Kelly Colopy

Council District 9 | Rex Richardson

Council District 9, City of Long Beach | Alanah Grant

CSULB | Juan Benitez

CSULB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Wade Martin

Elite Skills Development | Sharon Diggs-Jackson

Growth Small Business, LLC | Vivian Shimoyama

Habitat for Humanity | Dinesa Thomas-Whitman

LA County | Herlinda Chico

LA LISC | Tunua Thrash-NtukLandspire Group | Treana Allen

LB Economic Development Commission | Jessica Schumer

LB Forward | Petit Christine

LB Opera | Derrell Acon

LBCAP | Darick Simpson

LBCAP | Marisa Semense

LBUSD | Kim Johnson

LINC Housing | Suny Lay Chang

Our Essence Beauty Supply | Deidre Norville

Pacific6 | Brandon Dowling

PGWIN | Nick Schultz

PGWIN Board | Weston LaBar

POLB | Bonnie Lowenthal

Pride Real Estate Professional Association | Jacqueline Case

PV Jobs | Erik Miller

Ronnie’s House | Shirin Senegal

SHS Connections | Shawna Stevens

SoCal Grantmakers | Seyron Foo

United Cambodian Community, Midtown BID | Susana Sngiem,

Uptown BID | Doris Felix

Uptown BID | Joni Ricks-Odie

Uptown BID | Tom Carpenter

Urban Agriculture Council | Rod Dodd

USC Small Business Diversity Office | Rhonda Thornton

Villages at Cabrillo | Rene Castro

Wells Fargo | Linda Nguyen

Facilitators: 

Elite Skills Development | Sharon Diggs-Jackson 

Office of Councilmember Rex Richardson | Alanah Grant