The Urban League of Louisiana congratulates State Representative Edward “Ted” James on his appointment by President Joe Biden as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“As Director of Baton Rouge Operations for The Urban League of Louisiana, Ted James has proudly served the organization in its missionof assisting African Americans and others seeking equity to secure economic parity, power, and civil rights,” said Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana. “His work and leadership have been invaluable in our efforts to reach those we serve statewide and his dedication and outreach has been instrumental in helping the organization reach new heights.”

Following the historic 2016 Baton Rouge floods, James led the establishment and launching of The Urban League of Louisiana Red Stick Store in the Cortana Mall, galvanizing resources including brand new clothing, shoes, and household goods to help over 4,000 impacted residents. James also led the implementation of the first Criminal Justice cohort of Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD) following the senseless killing of Alton Sterling at the hands of the police. James was an integral part of the creation of The Urban League of Louisiana Empowerment and Policy Conference, a statewide conference focusing on policy issues impacting African Americans.

While his voice and presence with The Urban League of Louisiana will be missed, we know James will do a tremendous job serving in his new position and will continue to passionately advocate for our state.