Pamela A. Bakewell is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bakewell Company, one of the largest African American commercial real estate development companies in the Western United States. The Bakewell Company is also the Parent Company of Bakewell Media, owner of the LA Sentinel and the LA Watts Times Newspapers and WBOK Radio Station in New Orleans, LA. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Bakewell oversees the day-to-day operations of the real estate development and redevelopment projects, the print and broadcasting divisions of the Bakewell Company and the company’s premier food and family festival, Taste of Soul, which reached record attendance of 350,000 in 2014. Ms. Bakewell’s pivotal leadership role in the growth of her family’s businesses, as well as her family’s legacy in civil rights advocacy, has led to her strong relationships with corporations, advertisers, retailers, small to mid-size businesses, community groups, non-profits and political leadership in the Los Angeles and Los Angeles County communities.
For four years, Ms. Bakewell was a member of the Executive Team of the Los Angeles Urban League, reporting directly to the President. She held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Neighborhood Officer (CNO), also known as Chief Program Officer. At the helm of the Los Angeles Urban League’s $25 million Innovative Initiative called Neighborhoods@Work and the Workforce Development Programs, Ms. Bakewell’s team impacted local neighborhoods in education, employment, safety, employment, housing and health, with a major emphasis on local resident engagement and partnerships.
Continuing her family’s legacy in non-profit leadership, Ms. Bakewell currently serves as the President of Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Foundation, which helps hospitalized children affected by leukemia, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. At different points in her career, Ms. Bakewell also held the leadership position of Executive Director of the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, a non-profit philanthropic organization in South Los Angeles and Deputy Director of Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Highly regarded as a uniquely talented business leader, motivator and mentor, Ms. Bakewell has given her time and expertise to numerous social and community causes. She currently serves as a board member of the Brotherhood Crusade and the Brotherhood Business Development & Capital Fund. She is also a member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, a life-time member of the National Council of Negro Women and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for advancing human rights for African Americans.
Ms. Bakewell is a former board member of the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) and has given her time to the time to the African American Unity Center as a consultant and volunteer. In 2013, Ms. Bakewell received the Community Leadership Award from the Woman-to-Woman Recovery Programs in Long Beach and the LA Urban League Young Professionals also honored her that year for Outstanding Leadership. In 2011, Ms. Bakewell received the prestigious SHERO award presented by former Senator Curren Price (currently LA City Councilman for the 9th District), for her outstanding community service and leadership. Ms. Bakewell is passionate about advancing leadership and career opportunities for women and girls.
Pamela Bakewell was born in New Orleans, LA, earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, and holds a California Real Estate Sales License. Although Ms. Bakewell has attained an impressive list of professional achievements, her most cherished personal accomplishment has been raising five wonderful children in the midst of balancing her busy work schedule. Faith and family are Ms. Bakewell’s top priorities.