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LaVerne Duncan is the Executive Director of the Andy Street Community Association (ASCA).  In her former role as the Housing Communications Officer for the Department of Development Services in the City of Long Beach, California she held the responsibility to educate, promote and increase the awareness of quality, safe, and affordable housing.  Former Mayor Bob Foster acknowledged her as “a tenacious city officer whose pioneering efforts in the Andy Street neighborhood had citywide and potentially national implications.”  LaVerne holds over 15 years of public service to the City of Long Beach choosing to champion residents and business owners through social justice programming.  Because of her professional accomplishments and personal beliefs, she has been recognized by numerous civic and community organizations, government officials and humanitarian groups. She has been cited or recognized by many civic, community, and business organizations for her contribution to the welfare of the disadvantaged, at-risk, and in many cases, underserved residents in her community, including the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award given by California Conference for Equality & Justice (CCEJ).

Board of Directors


Yvette Geater, Business Owner

Ian Gee, Senior Executive

Marva Lewis, Retired Banker

Malcolm Bennett, Real Estate Investor

Deidre Norville, Retired Professor

Veronica Sallis, Community Representative

Markel Cooper, Youth Representative

Martel Cooper, Youth Representative

Sal Lopez, Real Estate


"Urbanization, growth, and equal opportunity are few of the compelling communal incentives acquired when a neighborhood is changed by the presence of the Andy St. Youth Ambassador Program. With a little commitment and an ounce of courage, I have gone a long way with the effort put forth by the collaboration of my community and the donated time of the Youth Ambassador partners."   - Kimberly Nicole Bridges

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