2013 TORCH AWARDS HONOREES
Byron K. Reed is Senior Vice President and Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Metro / Orange County Region of Wells Fargo & Company. He is responsible for spearheading their program to provide investments and loans for community/economic development and low-income housing initiatives throughout his regions. With more than 30+ years of banking experience working in the areas of community development, corporate philanthropy, government relations, trust services, small business and consumer banking; Reed still finds the time to serve on some of Los Angeles’ most dynamic non-profit boards. Byron K. Reed is also dedicated to giving back to the community by supporting financial education initiatives.
Congresswoman Karen Bass represents the 37th Congressional District of California and serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. Representative Bass is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, working to craft sound criminal justice reforms as well as protect intellectual property right infringements that threaten the economic health of the 37th District. While serving in the State Assembly, Congresswoman Bass made history when the California Assembly elected her to be its 67th Speaker, catapulting her to become the first African American woman in U.S. history to serve in this powerful state legislative role.
Dr. Matthew and Roberta Jenkins married after meeting at Tuskegee University and together built an empire rooted in business, education, family, medicine and philanthropy. After receiving his education, Dr. Jenkins served in the U.S. Air Force as Captain and returned to Los Angeles to open a successful veterinary business, and in the process shattering stereotypes of African Americans in his professional association. Starting her career as a nutritionist, Mrs. Jenkins went on to start Saroe Imports (an import/export company) in 1970 and later in 1974, creating with Dr. Jenkins, SDD Enterprises, Inc., a highly successful real estate investment and property management firm with businesses in eight states.
As their passion for service continued to grow, Dr. Matthew and Roberta Jenkins went on to establish the Matthew and Roberta Jenkins Family Foundation, which has been responsible for providing numerous scholarships across the country to many deserving students, colleges and institutions. Together they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren,
“New Directions” is an organization that provides long-term drug and alcohol treatment rehabilitation programs for veterans. The focus of Legacy Ladies will be to support the female veterans who have suffered from military sexual trauma (MST) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Receiving plaques symbolic of the partnership were Gregory Scott, CEO, of New Directions, and Karen Radford, Resident Manager of the women’s program.
continuing to serve on some of the most prestigious boards in Los Angeles County. Their passion for education, philanthropy and giving back to the community is clear through over $12 million dollars their Foundation has distributed to educational causes.