Ralph Lippman

Executive Director

Ralph has been in the community development for over 35 years working in local government, non profit development and as a consultant. He previously served as the Los Angeles Director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a consultant and development manager for a rural housing development organization, and an economic development consultant for the tribal community. Ralph has lectured at USC and Pepperdine University, and is on the board of the California Association for Local Economic Development and the United Way of Los Angeles Cabinet. He is a member of the advisory board for Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Comerica Bank, Bank of Los Angeles, and JP Morgan Chase. Ralph received his doctorate in Public Administration from USC.



Kevin Sanada

Director of Programs & Policy

Kevin comes to CCEDA with ten years of experience in the community economic development field. Most recently, he worked as a project manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation where he led efforts to revitalize historic sites around the country. Kevin previously worked as a policy analyst with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD) in Washington, DC, in HUD’s Office of Public Engagement, and as an assistant project manager with the Little Tokyo Service Center in Los Angeles, CA.  He received his B.A. from the University of California, Davis and completed a Master of Public Policy at George Mason’s School of Public Policy.



Jahmeel Walker

Executive Programs Assistant

Jahmeel joins the CCEDA team after completing his LISC AmeriCorps service term at the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center as the Affordable Housing Developer. Jahmeel brings an attentive eye to detail, administrative streamlining, and a fresh perspective on the community economic development field. Jahmeel is a graduate of UC Merced, with a B.A. in Political Science.