Allison Sharkey

Allison Sharkey

Executive director

Lake Street Council




Allison Sharkey has led the nonprofit Lake Street Council for seven years but has lived along the corridor for more than 15 years. “It’s really my community and my home.” The social unrest and property destruction of late May pushed the small organization onto a much bigger stage. As of early November, its Lake Street Recovery Fund had raised more than $11 million. The Council has already allocated $5.5 million to 325 businesses. Sharkey says that the next phase will focus on entrepreneurs who want to own their own properties and helping businesses with pre-development work. She says that many corporate partners have stepped up to do pro-bono work. “Luckily,” says Sharkey, “we have been able to grow a bit to keep up with the demand.”