About Us

Development Team

Beth Marcus, Senior Vice President for Resource Development

Beth MarcusBuilding on a 25-year career in community development and real estate finance, Beth leads LISC’s resource development strategy. She works closely with the President & CEO to mobilize philanthropic support for LISC's ongoing work and helps develop creative initiatives to attract new investors to community development. Beth has a B.A. from Hampshire College and a M.A. in City Planning from MIT. Despite having lost her southern accent on the streets of Boston and NYC, she is proud to hail from Atlanta.

Deborah Morant, Senior Development Officer

A strategic corporate philanthropy leader, Deborah uses skills honed in traditional media and community development to bring creativity and investment together to deliver social impact. She identifies and cultivates private foundations and corporate funders leading to new and creative resources and partnerships, catalyzing healthy and resilient communities of choice and opportunity throughout the country. Deborah’s leveraged a trend forecasting and journalism background to drive social action and to launch marquee properties like Martha Stewart Living, British ELLE Decoration, and Stylus.com. She moved to Bedford, NY from London with her family, and remains addicted to the BPL, Arsenal FC and her sons’ soccer sidelines at Columbia and Bowdoin. Deborah studied at the London School of Economics and the State University at Albany.

Meghan Kyle-Miller, Senior Development Officer

Meghan stewards LISC’s relationships with several major funders and produces grant proposals and reports. She designs and executes strategies to recognize supporters and the impact of our funding partnerships through social media, the LISC website, and other avenues. A graduate of Barnard College, she has been a fundraiser for New York City-based nonprofits for nearly a decade. Meghan lives in Brooklyn with her family, is an avid reader and enjoys working on art projects with her daughter.

Jessica Hanmer, Development Officer

Jessica supports the cultivation and stewardship of LISC's national corporate and foundation partners. She writes grant proposals and reports, and conducts research on prospective and current funders. A Massachusetts native, Jessica attended Boston University for her B.A. in international relations. She grew tired of the cold and moved to Washington, D.C., earning her M.A. in public administration from George Washington University. Jessica is an adventurer, recently becoming a certified open water scuba diver.

Dominique Williams, Development Officer

Dominique Williams brings five years of LISC field experience to the development team, having lead and supported community health and Financial Opportunity Centers efforts in the Chicago office. She has a decade of experience working in nonprofits and local government. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California-Berkeley and graduate degrees from the University Wisconsin-Madison. Dominique is a native Californian and lives for travel and live music. She resides in the Loop in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Kevin Bentley, Assistant Development Officer

Kevin manages donor gift data, supports grants management and analyzes fundraising performance to help inform LISC's fundraising efforts and strategy. As a graduate of Swarthmore College and Rutgers University, he holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and a M.A. in American Studies. Kevin lives in Brooklyn, where he is usually playing tennis on either the courts at Fort Greene Park or Prospect Park.

Maria Fines, Executive Assistant

Maria FinesMaria provides high-level administrative support to both the Development and Communications departments, ensuring their smooth function. A trusted assistant known for her “can-do” attitude, flexibility and high-quality work, Maria has worked for LISC for 20 years assuming positions of increased responsibility. She enjoys spending time with family and her best friend Vegas–an adorable Boston terrier.