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Member Spotlight (#6)

Member Spotlight: BA Cockburn

Day Job:

I am the DC Bar Foundation's (DCBF) Programs Officer. DCBF is the the leading funder of civil legal aid in the District of Columbia. My responsibilities include grantmaking, grant management, strategy development, and relationship building.

What interests you about NGGC?

I am a strong believer in giving circles. I see them as a perfect vehicle for developing my personal philanthropic beliefs and values and participating in a community looking for change. I participated in the African American Women's Giving Circle for 10 years, which is now disbanded. I joined the Next Gen Giving Circle to learn more about what it takes to be a member of a giving circle from inception and to meet new people interested in philanthropy with a racial justice lens.

What’s a nonprofit cause you care a lot about?

Racial justice is a huge issue that I care about especially its intersection with the Pan-African diaspora. I am a board member of I Am We Are (IAWA) Youth, which works with South African and PG County youth but has a Pan-African focus to create a world where all youth are socially engaged, globally aware, and economically free. We have a fun and joyful South African embassy celebration coming up in November. This is a shameless plug to check out IAWA at

How are you staying inspired during quarantine? *

I am staying inspired by walks in Rock Creek Park several times a week, foraging and identifying edibles, and sharing creative projects virtually with friends. Also, Girl Trek Black History Bootcamp has been a welcomed respite.

Anything else you’d like to share with members?

Read Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler for her take on hope during an apocalypse. Think the story was actually set in 2020s!


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