A Prophetic Voice in Public Policy Also Economic Development
Rev. Deborah Manns
Meet The Executive Director Of Project Destiny
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Rev. Deborah Manns is a prophetic voice, concerned about families, communities and the need to restore hope and virtue back into lives. She’s a Bi-Coastal Business Woman, Pastor of RUACH Christian Community Fellowship and Entrepreneur.
She dedicates her time and efforts to addressing the needs of women, children and men that live, work and worship in risky environments. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Virtuous Woman, Inc. a ministry dedicated to empowering people to live healthy, fulfilling lives. She also is the President/Director of Project Destiny, an organization that engages in Public Policy and Civic Engagement. She currently heads an initiative to reduce the amount of young women entering the juvenile justice system through sex trafficking. She moves people by her passion and ability to motivate others with her powerful workshops and conferences. She has become a well- known speaker who addresses communities, businesses and cities exactly where the immediate needs are. She now works on a national and local level on issues involving the recovery of runaway
minors, human sex trafficking of minors and homeless transitional age youth. Additionally, she is a
Real Estate Broker who owns Manns & Associates Real Estate Firm in the City of Inglewood.
Her heart and most of her time is dedicated to eradicating human sex trafficking among children. In that vein, she works with LAPD’s Special Task Force Unit for Human and Sex Trafficking’s Downtown Bureau Office as well as the FBI Bureau for the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Sherriff First Responder Task Force Human Trafficking of Minors. She also sits on the clergy council for the Alameda Sheriffs and the Southeast Division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and has a direct relationship with the 77th Division of LAPD. She collaborates with the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Senator Holly Mitchell and Congresswoman Karen Bass. She has testified on several panels for Public Policy City and Statewide. Additionally, she works with local and national organizations that work with victims of human sex trafficking, Including Crittenton Services for Children and Families, LYAN, Children’s Hospital and CAST (Coalition Against Sex Trafficking). She has received a Letter of Support from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to open Project Destiny Homes of Hope specialized Residential Group Homes for Victims of Human Sex Trafficking of minors CSEC.
Rev. Manns, as she is affectionately known to many of her friends and associates, was raised in Compton, CA and educated in the Lynwood School system. She earned her Associate Degree from Southwest Community College, and has a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in Nursing. She has been trained, licensed and ordained in Ministry and Leadership. In 2008, she graduated
from Passing the Mantle (PTM), a summer institute on the campus of the University of Southern California that equips clergy and church leaders with the skills to engage in public policy formation. She recently graduated with her second undergrad degree in Ministry from Southwestern California School of Ministry, and will be starting at Pepperdine University in fall 2018 working toward her Master Degree in Behavior Science with plans of obtaining her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Rev. Manns is a powerful intercessor and mentor recently honored for Woman Of the Year 2019 Labor of Love Award, Rev. Deborah was adopted into the House of Representatives September 2017 as a Congressional Angel of Adoption in Washington D.C. Inducted by Congresswoman Karen Bass she was inducted for her years of serving Foster Youth within communities and statewide, she was honored by “NOBLE” with “The Wings Beneath My Wings” Award for her outstanding Community Service and partnership with Law Enforcement March 2017, 2017 Honored with Community Service “Harriett Tubman” Award from Hip Hop Church of L.A. Honored by South L.A. TAY Homeless and Foster Care Collaborative 2015. Honor for Women Rising to the Top 2015 by NSNLA. Status Of Women Award “Impacting the Community” 2015 By Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Inglewood Chapter, Philanthropic Award 2015 by National Sales Network. 2015 Community Service Award in Human Trafficking by CCUNAT 2015. Vanguard Award for 100 Most Influential and Prominent African Americans Mover & Shaker 2015 by Lord, Bush & Randolph along with NAN (AL Sharpton LA Chapter). Honored by the N- Action Family Network with the Mollie Bell Social Activist Award for community service (Flame of Hope) 2014. She won the Eye of the Tiger award with The World Class Team, a National Millionaire Club 2012, honored as a Woman in Ministry by LaDrea Top Ladies of Distinction 2012. She is a member of Inglewood Chapter of Top Lady of Distinction since 2008, chaired Status of Woman and a Top Teen Advisor. Rev. Deborah has received many more awards to name.