Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum, St. Joseph Center

Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum
President and Chief Executive Officer,
St. Joseph Center

Va Lecia Adams Kellum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Center (SJC). She joined SJC in 2008 and during her tenure the agency has nearly tripled in size, expanded its range of services, and broadened its geographic reach to include underserved communities in South Los Angeles.

Under Dr. Adams Kellum’s leadership, St. Joseph Center has been a trailblazer in deploying integrated, multidisciplinary teams to help the most vulnerable homeless individuals obtain and maintain stable housing. Today, St. Joseph Center serves as the lead agency for the Coordinated Entry System for both families and individuals in LA County’s Service Planning Area 5.

In February 2017 she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the newly established No Place Like Home Program Advisory Committee, which was developed to assist and advise the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on successful implementation.

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California and earned an M.A. from Ball State University before completing her Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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