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2023 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS:

President - jEFFREY SAAVEDRA

Jeffrey Saavedra, is an associate in Dechert LLP's global finance practice, and focuses his practice on securitization transactions, complex real estate finance and capital markets. Jeffrey regularly represents issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers, servicers and sponsors with respect to public and private commercial mortgaged-backed securitizations, including commercial and government sponsored deals and portfolio mortgage loan sales. Jeffrey has advised registrants with respect to regulatory filings and reporting obligations under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, and he represents financial institutions with regard to the creation, sale and purchase of commercial real estate mortgage loans.

In addition, Jeffrey is an active member of Dechert’s Latino Affinity Group and serves as the Associate’s Committee Diversity and Inclusion chair for the global finance practice group.

Prior to joining Dechert, Jeffrey worked as an associate at another global law firm.

Jeffrey has been involved with the DBA since 2018 and has severed in multiple Officer positions prior to becoming President for 2023. Jeffrey’s maternal family is from Santo Domingo where Jeffrey spent many childhood summers. Jeffrey is very involved in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts within and outside of the legal industry and is often a speaker on DE&I panels and seminars.



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Vice President - sHARLY LARIOS 

Sharly Larios is a Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Sony Music Entertainment ("SME"). Her work at SME focuses on trademarks, commercial agreements, and transactions. Prior to SME, Ms. Larios was the Assistant General Counsel at Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Before her time at Steinway, she began her career at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP as a corporate transactional associate. 

Ms. Larios earned her BA from Hunter College - City University of New York and her J.D. from St. John's University School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Larios was the President of her LALSA, active member of MetroLALSA, and Notes and Comments Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law and the New York international Law Review. IN addition to the New York City Bar Di9versity Fellowship and the Latino Lawyers of Queens County Scholarship, Ms. Larios was also the recipient of the Dominican Bar Association Scholarship during her time in law school. 

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Recording Secretary - ANDREA RODRIGUEZANDREA RODRIGUEZ 

Andrea Rodriguez is currently a Vice President and Associate Counsel at Build America Mutual Assurance Company (“BAM”), a mutual insurer of essential public-purpose U.S. municipal bonds. At BAM, Andrea manages new primary market transactions, advises underwriters and reviews, drafts and negotiates legal documentation related to municipal finance transactions.

Prior to joining BAM, Andrea was an associate in the Capital Markets group at White & Case LLP, where she represented and advised U.S. and Latin American issuers and underwriters on U.S. securities and corporate law in a full range of debt and equity transactions. Andrea has also devoted substantial time to pro bono work and has represented several clients in their immigration matters including asylum, U-visa, permanent residence and citizenship applications. Most recently,

Andrea was part of a team of attorneys assisting Know Your Rights Camp, an organization founded by Colin Kaepernick, in creating an online “I Know My Rights” interactive guide informing the public of their rights when interacting with police. Andrea also serves as a mentor to law students through Fordham Law School’s L.A.M.P. program and LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s Next Generation L√≠deres Mentorship Program.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Andrea received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude in Legal Studies with a minor in Psychology from St. John’s University in 2012, and a J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 2018.


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