City leaders and community members voice shock, sadness, and commitment to carrying on activist’s work
Published : Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 4:58 AM
Reaction to the death of Flintridge Center President Jaylene Moseley over the weekend spanned the spectrum of shock and grief from civic leaders and those with whom she worked closely.
Moseley passed away from cancer on Saturday, May 25, one day short of her 70th birthday.
Her influence on Pasadena was outsized. Her deep personal commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty and violence she saw in Pasadena was outside the norm expected from philanthropists.
Moseley’s compassion led her as a founding member of the Flintridge Center, which was the hub of her professional and philanthropic energies in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena since 1986. In that role Moseley came into contact with all facets of the community, from State and City civic leaders to gang members.
Pasadena City Councilmember John Kennedy said that Moseley should be remembered by the continuation of the work she did helping troubled members of the community re-enter life as valued members of society.
“We must continue and reinvigorate the work of this respected and cherished leader,” Kennedy told Pasadena Now.
“Whether it was our individual relationships with Jaylene Moseley,” continued Kennedy, “or her steadfast and groundbreaking work at the Flintridge Center, to the reintegration of the formerly incarcerated in a community that did not always understand or have welcoming arms, she was serving as a catalyst for positive change, a light for good work, and the transformation of those neighbors who may have experienced bumps, mistakes or misfortunes on this road called life.”
Longtime associate Gerta Govine Ituarte remembered first joining Moseley in her work with the Moseley Foundation as an apprentice, prior to the establishment of the Flintridge Center.
“She was like a sister to me,” said Ituarte Monday. “This was a total shock.”
“She was the very picture of someone who was devoted to others,” added Ituarte, saying, “From now on, I will do my work in her honor.”
Pasadena activist Brian Biery also spoke of Moseley’s commitment to the formerly incarcerated, writing Monday on his Facebook page, “When few were supporting reintegration and reentry services, Jaylene unwaveringly committed (herself) to ensuring that community members who were returning home from incarceration, had the resources they needed to
reclaim their lives and those of their families.”
“The profound impact that this enduring commitment made to Pasadena/Altadena is immeasurable, and through Flintridge Center’s programs she will continue to contribute to our town being the ‘beloved community’ that MLK Jr. envisioned.”
Interim Flintridge Center Executive Director Daniel Torres, who joined the Flintridge Center in 2011, said, “Besides my wife and children, she was the most important person in my life. The impact is so great, the void can’t be filled.”
Pasadena Police Commander Jason Clawson summed up the feelings of many when he said, “She was so selfless in what she did, not for herself, but for others. She will be missed. She will be missed every day. ”
Pasadena-related Facebook pages were filled with tributes to Moseley from friends and community members.
Moseley is survived by her husband Alex, and brothers Jack and Jayson. No memorial services have been announced yet.