BALAA Advisory Board

Babatunde Akowe, Esq. MPA

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Babatunde Akowe is an Attorney, Adjunct Professor and Community Advocate who has an unwavering commitment to his community. 

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Elisheba Mathias-Lewi

Arts, culture and education was at the forefront of Elisheba’s upbringing and played an integral role in molding her into the person she is today.

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Dana Rachlin

Dana Rachlin is a public safety advocate and a co-founder of We Build the Block. Dana has been working over the last 11 years to support local communities facing over-policing, mass incarceration, and gun violence.

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LaShawn Ames

LaShawn Ames has over three decades of resource development experience including prospect research, proposal development, project management, proposal writing and program evaluation.  

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