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Dr. Earnestine Thomas-Robertson

Together with the support of the Los Angeles-Lusaka Sister City Committee (LALSCC), Dr. Earnestine Thomas-Robertson has hosted Zambian Ambassadors to the United States and the United Nations, Zambian Governors, Mayors, and First Ladies of the Republic since 1988. The latest being former First Lady, Mrs. Esther Lungu, who came to Los Angeles to formally accept the donation of 3 Fire Trucks sponsored by the LALSCC, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles City and County Stentorians. Examples of other programs the Committee has organized under her leadership includes: a student exchange program, donation of medical equipment and healthcare supplies, textbook donations and monetary scholarships for students; a Women’s Entrepreneurship program in Microfinance since 2011, a Clean Water project since 2013, school tuition, uniforms, and transportation for local students since 2015 to date. Some micro finance successes have been supported by American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) and the International Visitors Program of Los Angeles.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, and former Director of Watts Community Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Robertson received Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees from Pepperdine University. She has been an educator at Los Angeles Southwest College for more than 32 years where she served as Professor of Political Science and International Relations and twenty- one years as Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Robertson is regarded as a “bridge” uniting people from all walks of life.