Honorable Jan Perry (rep.) Retired

Guiding Youth Towards Success

Jan Perry assumed the position of Executive Director of IFA on January 2019. Prior to that she was General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), leading an agency of 130 employees. All of EWDD’s programs are designed to help build local business and strengthen the workforce.

 

Jan is a former 9th District City Councilmember (2001-2013) representing Downtown, Little Tokyo and South LA. During her time in office, she led catalytic projects such as LA Live, Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral and the new Police Administrative Building. Her leadership over the decade brought in $15 million in investments, $40 million in new tax revenue for the City of LA and 90,000 full-time jobs. Jan earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in public administration from USC.

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Edward Rice, Ed.D.

Dr. Edward (Ed) Rice has been on the B-RELYT Board of Directors since its inception in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. Kimlin Johnson stated, "We have been childhood friends, as our both of our parent’s were Franchise Owners in the Martin Luther King Jr. shopping center on 103rd and Compton Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Ed’s expertise in higher education and his relentless work ethic are vital to the community we serve.

 

Ed is a seasoned educator and journalist. As an educator, he has taught at the elementary and secondary levels. Ed has also served as a faculty member at Los Angeles City College and he currently holds faculty positions at Moreno Valley College and with the CalStateTEACH program. In 2018, he completed his dissertation, A Qualitative Examination of Postsecondary Education as a Remedy to Recidivism Among Formerly Incarcerated African-American Men and received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).

 

In addition to his work as an educator, Ed has continued to flourish as a journalist. His work has been featured in the Orange County Register, The Source and Vibe Magazines. From 2013-2015 he served as a Contributing Writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. In his spare time Ed produces and co-hosts The Two Percent podcast (available on Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts) and spends time with his 14-year-old daughter, Amaya.

Kimlin Charise Johnson 

Dr. Edward (Ed) Rice has been on the B-RELYT Board of Directors since its inception in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. Kimlin Johnson stated, "We have been childhood friends, as our both of our parent’s were Franchise Owners in the Martin Luther King Jr. shopping center on 103rd and Compton Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Ed’s expertise in higher education and his relentless work ethic are vital to the community we serve.

 

Ed is a seasoned educator and journalist. As an educator, he has taught at the elementary and secondary levels. Ed has also served as a faculty member at Los Angeles City College and he currently holds faculty positions at Moreno Valley College and with the CalStateTEACH program. In 2018, he completed his dissertation, A Qualitative Examination of Postsecondary Education as a Remedy to Recidivism Among Formerly Incarcerated African-American Men and received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).

 

In addition to his work as an educator, Ed has continued to flourish as a journalist. His work has been featured in the Orange County Register, The Source and Vibe Magazines. From 2013-2015 he served as a Contributing Writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. In his spare time Ed produces and co-hosts The Two Percent podcast (available on Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts) and spends time with his 14-year-old daughter, Amaya.

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Stan LaSha Johnson

Dr. Edward (Ed) Rice has been on the B-RELYT Board of Directors since its inception in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. Kimlin Johnson stated, "We have been childhood friends, as our both of our parent’s were Franchise Owners in the Martin Luther King Jr. shopping center on 103rd and Compton Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Ed’s expertise in higher education and his relentless work ethic are vital to the community we serve.

 

Ed is a seasoned educator and journalist. As an educator, he has taught at the elementary and secondary levels. Ed has also served as a faculty member at Los Angeles City College and he currently holds faculty positions at Moreno Valley College and with the CalStateTEACH program. In 2018, he completed his dissertation, A Qualitative Examination of Postsecondary Education as a Remedy to Recidivism Among Formerly Incarcerated African-American Men and received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).

 

In addition to his work as an educator, Ed has continued to flourish as a journalist. His work has been featured in the Orange County Register, The Source and Vibe Magazines. From 2013-2015 he served as a Contributing Writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. In his spare time Ed produces and co-hosts The Two Percent podcast (available on Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts) and spends time with his 14-year-old daughter, Amaya.