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Wave Staff Report

Kelli Jackson recently accepted a recognition for her family’s business from Los Angeles Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson for Los Angeles’ Food Day.

Jackson, a second-generation owner of 20-year old Hank’s Mini Market in South L.A., helped transform a problem liquor store on Florence Avenue into a healthy community space.

A former graduate student at USC, Jackson earned her degree in public art studies and took several community development classes.

Saianna Smith

Saianna Smith, a South Los Angeles native and one of 10 children, is a first-generation college student studying at USC.

After enrolling to the Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative during high school, Smith attended UC Irvine and earned a bachelor’s in education and African-American studies.

She’s on track to finishing her master’s in educational counseling in the spring.

Gregory Scott

Gregory C. Scott was recently appointed to the Anaheim Workforce Development Board of Directors by Anaheim’s City Council.

Scott is president and CEO of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, which works to fight poverty and economic inequality.

He earned his bachelor’s in sociology from New Jersey’s William Paterson University and a master of science in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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