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Cynthia Wong is a leading national voice on economic opportunity and community growth. She joined LISC in December 2017 as the new executive director of Bay Area LISC. Previously, Cynthia was a Vice President in Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley. She helped launch the company’s Institute for Sustainable Investing—the first of its kind on Wall Street—and where she worked on issues ranging from health and housing to economic development and jobs.
Over the years, Cynthia has partnered with LISC’s National Equity Fund and New Market Support Company to direct vital resources to underinvested communities. Notably, she helped lead LISC’s bond offering to institutional and retail investors, the community development sector’s first-ever initial public offering (IPO). It was yet another pioneering effort for her work to connect impact-driven capital to valuable programs and projects. Her experience spans both the corporate and philanthropic sectors. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Cynthia was a senior consultant at The Bridgespan Group where she worked with top foundations and other large nonprofits on billion-dollar efforts to invest, as well as leading trainings and convenings. Prior to that, she was with Marakon Associates, providing business consulting to Fortune 500 companies.
Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, Cynthia is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the boards of local nonprofits Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and Kitchen Table Advisors and the housing committee of Chinatown Community Development Center.
Toby Lieberman has spent the last 10 years working in the CDFI industry, primarily in leadership in affordable housing lending. Toby has deep expertise in affordable housing development and finance gained from work in affordable housing development, mortgage banking and as Vice President of Finance at a multi-family REIT in the Bay Area. She has a law degree and a Masters in Urban Planning. She is excited to bring her experience and skills and strong commitment to social, racial and economic equity to her work at LISC. E-mail Toby
Quency Phillips has been building brands and cultivating communities for nearly 20 years. Strong relationships and recognition for brand innovation in sports, entertainment, philanthropy and not-for-profits have shaped his career. His transition to Silicon Valley began as a Strategic Consultant for regional affordable housing organizations and local jurisdictions, where his strategic innovation and operations skill set positioned him as a voice not only in the affordable housing conversation, but in education, art, nonprofit governance, and community and economic development.
Quency is a Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley – assisting in Urban Innovation efforts for the region. A Social Good advocate, he is a proud member of the Board of Directors for three Silicon Valley and Bay Area organizations – SOMOS Mayfair, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, and Redwood City Police Activities League. In the past, he served on the Board of Directors for The Mosaic Project, while also serving on the Leadership Council for the Women’s Foundation of California. E-mail Quency
Nina recently joined the LISC Bay Area team as a Senior Program Officer and is excited to focus on supporting the growth of our affordable and supportive housing lending activities in the local market. Prior to LISC, Nina worked for the City and County of San Francisco at theDepartment of Homelessness and Supportive Housing –a city agency created by Mayor Ed Lee in 2016 to coordinate all the city’s efforts to end homelessness-where she built a team responsible for creating new permanent supportive housing units in master leased properties, developing additional navigation center beds and service sites, and managing and preserving the department’s real estate portfolio. Nina has also worked nationally for Fannie Mae on the Homelessness Initiative–a multi-year effort to use company resources to end homelessness –and for CSH as a loan underwriter and technical assistance provider after starting her career developing affordable housing projects at a community-based organization in East New York, Brooklyn. She received her undergraduate degree in architecture from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute. Nina grew up in the Bay Area and continues to be driven by her life-long belief that everyone needs and deserves a stable home.
Laurel Engbretson joins LISC from the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, where she set up the organization’s impact management system and evaluated the impact of the Fund’s investments on displacement in San Francisco. A Bay Area native and lifelong resident, Laurel graduated with her MBA/MPP from the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College. She focused her studies on equitable development and impact finance, with internships at the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Oakland Mayor’s Office. Prior to graduate school, Laurel was a licensed realtor with Pacific Union. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Laurel serves on the board of HomeownershipSF as the chair of the Policy and Advocacy committee and is a mentor with the Oakland Promise. E-mail Laurel
Anita comes from a diverse background in the nonprofit sector and is dedicated to creating systems that positively affect lives of women and children in communities like hers. She was previously a Reimbursement Case Manager for Genentech Access Solution, where she assisted patients and doctors to get access to free medication and benefits information. Prior to Genentech, Anita was an Executive Assistant for the African American Department at UC Berkeley, part of a team that provided programs to increase the retention of minorities in higher education. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology with a minor in African American Studies from the University of California Berkeley. She has also worked as a researcher with the Bixby Center, where she assisted younger women from rural parts of Nigeria to obtain higher educational levels.