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Alaina Beverly

Position: Elected Official
Categories: Elected Official

Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs at the University of Chicago, Former Obama White House Office of Urban Affairs Official, and frequent MSNBC political commentator. Alaina Beverly is an expert in politics, urban policy, civil rights, and community mobilization with over 15 years of experience in electoral politics and government relations. A frequent commentator on MSNBC, Alaina regularly provides insights on race and electoral politics. Alaina began her career as a voting rights attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and Advancement Project. She left the practice of law to serve as a political operative for the 2008 Obama for America Campaign where she executed political engagement strategies for primaries in South Carolina, Connecticut, Ohio, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Michigan. During the General Election, Alaina served as the National Deputy Director of African American Outreach. After the 2008 electoral victory, Alaina joined the Obama Administration as Associate Director for the White House Office of Urban Affairs. In that role, she laid the foundation for President Obama’s urban office by identifying scalable models to make cities more sustainable, competitive and inclusive. She also served as a Principal at The Raben Group, a public policy firm in Washington DC. In her current role as Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs at the University of Chicago, Alaina is the founding director of Urban America Forward, an annual convening of national leaders committed to furthering equity and economic inclusion in cities. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Michigan Law School.

Alaina Beverly

Elected Official

Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs at the University of…

Daniel Lavelle

Position: Elected Official
Categories: Elected Official
Councilman Daniel Lavelle is from Pittsburgh, PA He graduated from Schenley High School. He earned his B.S.from Kent State University in 2000. In 2002, he completed the Leadership Pittsburgh program. In 2014 Councilman Lavelle was a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund. Councilman Lavelle was sworn into office in 2010. Councilman Lavelle has chaired the Land Use and Economic Development Committee and Public Safety Committee. He now chairs Finance and Law. He also is the Treasurer for the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Councilman Lavelle is a leader on economic and social justice issues. He has sponsored legislation including: The Responsible Banking Act; Decriminalization of Marijuana; zoning for a new Local Economic Revitalization Tax District; and the Housing Opportunity Fund, funded at $10 million per year. In 2019, Councilman Lavelle centered his policy work on equity. Sponsored bills include: an Ordinance to add equity reporting requirements of Department Directors; a Resolution Establishing an Equity and Inclusion Implementation Team; and a Resolution Declaring Racism in the City of Pittsburgh a Public Health Crisis. In 2016, Councilman Lavelle was a featured speaker at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He presented at a two-part program entitled Gentrification By Design: Shaping Neighborhood Change. Councilman Lavelle has received numerous awards including Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, the NAACP Bill Lynch Political Courage Award and was a 2018 BMe Genius Fellow. He is married to Rachel Lavelle and are proud parents of daughter and son, Saniya and Elijah.

Daniel Lavelle

Elected Official

Councilman Daniel Lavelle is from Pittsburgh, PA He graduated from…

Dawan Alford

Position: Elected Official
Categories: Elected Official

After graduating from Rutgers University, I moved back to my hometown to run for elected office, where I galvanized residents around a message of civic responsibility. Championing mental health awareness, I founded @Blackmalementalhealth, a nonprofit that creates safe spaces for black men and provides scholarships for economically challenged students. Passionate about bridge building, I excel at designing strategies that authentically connect anchor institutions to community stakeholders. Opportunity is key and I excel at coupling quality programming with thoughtful policy, so change isn’t episodic but systemic. My life feels aligned when I am of service to my community and my people.

Dawan Alford

Elected Official

After graduating from Rutgers University, I moved back to my…

Todd Bettison

Position: Deputy Chief
Categories: Elected Official

Deputy Chief Bettison has worked for the Detroit Police Department for 25 years. Deputy Chief Bettison graduated from Wayne State University with a Baccalaureate Degree in Criminal Justice in 1996. Deputy Chief Bettison currently works directly for the Chief of Police, James E. Craig, and is the Detroit Police Department’s Neighborhood Community Liaison. He is committed to bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement. Deputy Chief Bettison has been consistently rewarded for his hard work and dedication to building a better Detroit. His rewards are a direct result of his expertise in management, as well as, his commitment to personal and professional excellence. Deputy Chief Bettison’s approach to bridging the gap between the police and community is centered around working with the people in the neighborhoods. Deputy Chief Bettison prefers the grass roots approach!

Todd Bettison

Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Bettison has worked for the Detroit Police Department…