Dr. Cecilia Jefferson , Member
Cecilia Jefferson was born August 22, 1952 to Fred and Artie Jefferson. She was born and reared in Watts. She is a graduate of Jordan High School, attended Pomona college in Claremont and completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology. She furthered her education and completed her Ph.D. in Child Psychology at the Wright Institute. She is a proud mother of three children—Niquelle, David, and Chanel. Upon completion of her education, Dr. Jefferson-Freeman founded the Fred Jefferson Memorial Homes for Boys in 1989, to service youth in the area in which she grew up in. She loves children and wants to provide quality home like environments for children in need of out-of-home placement. During her career, she has operated five group homes for boys and girls. In 1995 she opened the Fred Jefferson Memorial Foster Family Agency where foster families are certified and trained to provide a safe and loving home for children displaced from their family of origin. She now owns and operates a foster family agency in Gardena, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and Sacramento to service Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Sacramento counties. In 1996 she opened the Freeman Enrichment Center, a non-public school, providing a nurturing educational program for children with special education and behavioral problems. Beginning in 2003 Freeman Enrichment Center began providing child care services to infants, toddlers, and 2-5 years old. Dr. Jefferson-Freeman stepped out of her comfort zone and was the executive producer for the gospel play “A Man That Finds A Wife Finds A Good Thing” in the years 2000 thru 2003.
Dr. Jefferson-Freeman loves her pastor and church family. She has been a committed and dedicated member and has served in the church in several capacities such as: Director of Christian Education, Vacation Bible School Coordinator, as well as an active participant in the choir for many years. She served as President of the Board of Trustees of the New Greater Circle Mission Church for more than 10 years and now serves as President of the board at Open Arms Christian Fellowship.
Dr. Jefferson-Freeman’s recognitions have included “Woman of The Year” presented by Watts Image Awards and for this award she was featured in the Los Angeles Times. In 1999 the mayor of Compton presented her with an award honoring her for her humanities and philanthropic deeds. Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke presented her a commendation from Los Angeles County for dedicated service to the community. The mayor of Los Angeles honored her for her life’s work with children and one of Dr. Freeman’s most precious awards was presented in October 2001 when she was named “Honorary Angel” on the Steve Harvey morning show. Dr. Jefferson-Freeman has received a gold medal and her name listed on the “Ronald Regan Honor Roll”. She has been listed as a member in the National Register’s Who’s Who in executives and professionals, who’s who in the 21st century for outstanding contribution in the field of foster care for displaced children, International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England, and the elite who’s who outstanding women in business. Also Dr. Jefferson-Freeman was published in the Los Angeles Business Journal and named as one of the top women business owners based on revenue in the Los Angeles county.
In December 2004, Congresswoman Diane Watson and Juanita Millender McDonald recognized Dr. Jefferson-Freeman and the Fred Jefferson Memorial Homes for the outstanding effort and valuable contributions rendered to families in a spirit of public service, significantly improving the quality of life for residents of Southern California.
On February 23, 2006, Dr. Jefferson-Freeman was named Chief Otun Yeye Mokun of the Ijebu-ife tribe in Nigeria. Her contributions to this community were to provide funds to sustain the orphanage and to provide education to prevent the spread of diseases through breast feeding. Dr. Jefferson-Freeman’s favorite contribution and project was providing funding to open a market place that enabled the women to become entrepreneurs.