Latifa Ziyad

Latifa Ziyad

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Director of Community Building, Environment and Resilience – Neighborhood of Affordable Housing

Latifa Muhammad Turner aka LMT is the proud daughter of the late Jacqueline Muhammad, a humble Roxbury, MA Activist and multidisciplinary Artist, and the granddaughter of the late Maceo H. Turner Esquire, a prominent nationally recognized Atlantic City, NJ lawyer, judge, war hero and Civil Rights activist of the 60’s. Although they passed many moons ago, both figures significantly influence Latifa’s ethics and work today.  However, despite the fanfare, like many other African Americans born within the last century, they each departed from their earthly experience at a relatively young age. Her mom quietly passed of cancer at 47 and her grandfather violently transitioned while suffering from the sharp throws of racism coupled with deep seated mental health issues at 52.  This has lead to a myriad of personal choices in diet, exercise, traditional and alternative health practices that Latifa not only passionately lives by, but also leverages to support the health journeys’ of others. Beginning with Latifa being a nurse trained, Reiki Master Teacher of 13 years, she has dived into many fascinating global health and lost cultural practices. Many of which are timeless principles that support peace and organic unfolding into one’s higher purpose. In addition to having a BS from Hampton University in VA, Latifa has a masters in Community Economic Development, Community Building. She currently serves as the Director of Community Building, Environment and Resilience at the Neighborhood of  Affordable Housing, East Boston. Latifa is a proven Award winning grant writer. Playwright. Director. Producer. Author. Filmmaker. TV and Radio Personality and; Economic Development Practitioner. She has been called a  polymath and renaissance woman, but considers herself a person for and with the people, a collaborator and champion of interdependence. As well as, a Climate Resilience Educator, Advocate and Activist.
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