Staff

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.

Cynthia Amador-Diaz

Director of Training & Development

Cynthia Amador-Diaz has over 20-years’ experience developing new workforce programs in both the public and private sectors, serving as an executive director for a community development agency specializing in small business development services and most recently as an Innovation Consultant working with non-profits and small businesses to diversify their revenue streams. Cynthia is a nationally recognized champion for small business and has received national awards for program design and her expertise in creating community impact through innovative job creation and local procurement programs. Cynthia is a member of the US Bank Community Advisory Board and received both her MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and Bachelor’s in Public Policy degrees at USC.

Jahmeel Walker

Programs & Operations Coordinator

Jahmeel joined the CCEDA team after completing his LISC AmeriCorps service term at the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center as the Assistant Affordable Housing Developer. Formally CCEDA’s Executive Programs Assistant, Jahmeel now serves as the Programs & Operations Coordinator–supporting the CCEDA staff with facilitating its core programs, while ensuring CCEDA is operating efficiently and meeting the needs of its members. He brings an attentive eye to detail, administrative streamlining, and a fresh perspective on the community economic development field. He is a member of the Fulfillment Fund Alumni Association Board. Jahmeel is a graduate of UC Merced, with a B.A. in Political Science.

Dominique Coleman

Executive Programs Assistant

Dominique is a young non-profit professional with a passion and hunger for service. Prior to joining the CCEDA family she worked with the International Rescue Committee where she provided services to aid the professional and personal well-being of refugees, asylees and victims of sex trafficking. Having worked with people who have been forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution and/or natural disaster, Dominique brings a wide birth of compassion, knowledge, innovation, and fire to the team. She has also worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she worked directly in the community, combating the issues of race, police brutality and homophobia. Her hands-on experience in the community both personally and professionally has given her a tangible willingness to radically change and influence community engagement and social development. Dominique is a graduate of Spelman College, with a B.A. in International studies.