2023 Dream Show Feature Akil West

Akil West

Founder, Sole Folks

Akil West is a Los Angeles native entrepreneur, master gardener, author and community advocate.

After being incarcerated for 15 years, West committed his life’s work to developing opportunities for people of color in his community. West is the founder of Black-owned and operated Community Land Trust, a community-based initiative dedicated to stabilizing predominately Black and underserved neighborhoods through community leadership and awareness surrounding the issues of housing, transportation and recreation, and economic opportunity. West is also the CEO and founder of Leimert Park Village’s Sole Folks, a nonprofit retail hub dedicated to cultivating Black entrepreneurship and creativity through innovative programming, mentorship, and financial support. Currently, West is the Treasurer of the Leimert Park Village Merchants Association and Principal at New Black Wallstreet.