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BALAA Advisory Board

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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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