Wesley Ellison-LaBat’s burgeoning career has already come full circle thanks to his new role at For Richmond.
The Richmond native, who hails from the city’s Southside neighborhood, joined our organization in early July 2017 as a member of the Resident Services Team. As part of his responsibilities, Ellison-LaBat acts as part of the For Richmond Resident Services Team regarding any resident needs that arise via our three on-site Resident Resource Centers. This includes being a liaison between residents and the management company at all three properties, The John Stewart Company.
When it comes to his work at Pullman Point Apartments, Ellison-LaBat has some previous experience to draw from.
Prior to joining For Richmond, he interned with Contra Costa Bay Area Legal Aid, which occasionally brought him to Pullman Point Apartments to assist staff attorneys with the advisement of residents on their housing rights and other matters.
According to Ellison-LaBat, who earned a B.A. Degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, his past work at Pullman Point Apartments “had a legal lens” but his “first exposure to the people living there enabled [him] to witness their stories and their triumphs” and “become connected to certain people in their community.”
“It’s interesting to come back now [with For Richmond] and to put on a different hat and to be more about wrap-around social services,” Ellison-LaBat continued. “It’s a lot more powerful work because it’s preventative.”
Aside from his past work experience at Bay Area Legal Aid, Ellison-LaBat’s resume also includes time as a teacher in Marin County and in China and as a field representative for Congressman Jared Huffman.
In his off time, Ellison-LaBat likes to travel and ventured off to Thailand this past March for an excursion. “I’d love to go back,” he said of his recent trip.
He also enjoys backpacking, fishing and playing basketball when time permits.
“On behalf of the entire For Richmond team, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to Wesley,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy. “His deep Richmond roots and diverse experience will be excellent assets to our Resident Services Team.”
For now, Ellison-LaBat’s work at For Richmond is keeping him pretty busy as he learns the ropes. Last week, he helped his colleagues host a fun-filled National Night Out event at Pullman Point Apartments, which provided him with the opportunity to get to know more of the residents.
“I’m looking forward to being more on the front line of making a positive impact,” said Ellison-LaBat of his new role.
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