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Veronica Dunlap

Veronica Dunlap serves as counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”). The DCA licenses more than 81,000 businesses in more than 50 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. She’s passionate about giving back to her community, and founded “The Initiative” – a project aimed at restoring the civil rights of people with criminal convictions with ultimate goal of allowing those people to sit on juries. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Heroine of Excellence Award for her work in community advocacy. She is a proud graduate of George Washington University where she received her B.A. in international affairs, cum laude, and Fordham University School of Law where she received her J.D. and M.B.A. in finance. 

Name: Veronica “Shelley” Dunlap

Discipline: Dance

Class Year: 1995

Current Gig: Lawyer & Social Justice Warrior 😉

Best lesson learned at BSA:  When you look beyond appearances, status, etc., you can meet truly wonderful human beings and lifelong friends.

Most awkward BSA moment: Seeing the cast list for our final Expressions as seniors lined up outside the small studio and realizing that I had snagged a principal role, while my closest friends were cast in the corps de ballet…awkward :-/

Funniest BSA memory:  As a TWIG, I played a guard standing at the entrance to Candy Land in The Nutcracker. The lights on stage were so hot and my costume was so stuffy that I began to nod off into my own “candy land” of sleep. The last thing I heard before slumping to the floor for an oh-so-brief nap was the voice of Norma Pera from behind the curtain whisper-shouting, “Shelley, you’d better not fall asleep out there!” The rest is history! 🙂


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