Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas appointed Jacqueline Waggoner to the board of the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA). As vice president and Southern California market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., Waggoner has worked with local government, banks and nonprofit developers to create local funds for affordable housing, advocate for low-income families and create communities of opportunity with access to good schools, jobs, transit and health care.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said Waggoner’s wealth of experience will be an asset to LAHSA, the lead agency in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, which coordinates and manages over $132 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs that provide shelter, housing and services to the homeless. LAHSA also leads the Homeless Count, a point-in-time census of the homeless population.
“With Enterprise, Jacqueline Waggoner is already ‘deep in the trenches’ of helping vulnerable populations,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “We want to further tap her skill, as well as her compassion, to better serve the 47,000 souls who are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County.”
Waggoner said the crisis of homelessness requires urgent and long-term solutions. “Homelessness used to only be concentrated in Skid Row, but now it’s dispersed throughout the county. And none of us should feel restful about that. I think that we are a more civil and humane society than to allow our fellow Angelenos to sleep on the streets.”
A Los Angeles native, Waggoner has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA. Her experience in commercial real estate lending spans more than 20 years. Before joining Enterprise, she was vice president for Community Lending with Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles. Currently, she oversees Enterprise’s affordable housing, community development, investment and strategic programs from California’s Central Coast to San Diego.
She also sits on the boards of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, a membership organization that supports the production, preservation and management of affordable homes, and on the board of the Los Angeles Business Council, an education and advocacy organization working with businesses and government to promote environmental and economic sustainability.
Waggoner acknowledges the difficulty of taking on the crisis of homelessness but remains determined to put her values into action. “You have to be passionate about this work because we won’t solve this problem overnight,” she said. “I’m devoted to the mission of helping others. I feel like there’s no career, no success, unless you’re doing something to make the world a better place.”