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Cynthia Wong is a leading national voice on economic opportunity and community growth. She joined LISC on December 1, 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 earlier this year, diving into our business model to highlight opportunities for investors. 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 helping lead training 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, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and dual concentrations in management and marketing. She speaks English, Cantonese and Spanish. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2013, she has volunteered her time with some of the very organizations LISC serves, including the Chinatown Community Development Center and Kitchen Table Advisors.
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
Roxanne Carrillo Garza is the Hub Manager of the Healthy Richmond, Building Healthy Communities Initiative which is a 10 year initiative funded by the California Endowment (TCE). Roxanne works with TCE, numerous community partners, systems leaders and community stakeholders to develop collective policy advocacy strategies to improve health, safety, schools and neighborhood environments, as well as economic development opportunities.
Prior to joining Bay Area LISC in 2013, Roxanne was a Public Health Program Manager for Contra Costa Health Services where she worked on environmental justice, alcohol policy, neighborhood improvements and violence prevention efforts across Contra Costa County. Roxanne was the Allocations and Planning Director for United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Service Planning Area (SPA) 1 and Program Manager for El Nido Family Services, a social service non-profit agency providing counseling and family support services to disadvantaged communities in LA County. Roxanne received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and her Master's Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. E-mail Roxanne.
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
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. 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
Dulce Galicia has diverse experience in the nonprofit sector, working on issues ranging from community engagement to education. A common thread in her work has been the pursuit of social justice. She has worked with communities to realize their visions and has mentored Middle School youth to attend college. She is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, where she majored in Ethnic Studies. Prior to joining LISC's Healthy Richmond project, Dulce worked on implementing strategies for parent engagement with families of the West Contra Costa Unified School District and the San Jose Unified School District. Dulce completed a fellowship in public affairs in San Francisco where she gained the skills to participate in community and political problem solving processes. Dulce loves to relate to people, dance and laugh. Email Dulce
Sophia brings a depth of experience in the nonprofit, community development, education, and arts sectors and skills in program design and implementation, resource mobilization, strategy, communications, and more. As a seasoned fundraiser and advocate, Sophia has raised millions of dollars for diverse social justice organizations in the US and abroad. Prior to joining LISC, Sophia spent four years in Palestine where she worked with Palestinian NGOs and universities on developing programs addressing the rights and wellbeing of children, youth, and women. She has a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and volunteers with multiple organizations, including Rubicon Programs, Cal Alumni Association, and Eyewitness Palestine. Born and raised in the Bay, Sophia is passionate about nourishing equitable, sustainable, and holistic development in her home community. Email Sophia.
Prior to joining Bay Area LISC, Pierre was a Rotary Peace Fellow, during which time he completed international fieldwork in peace education and reconciliation. Previously, he worked on nationwide detention visitation and outreach for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, advocacy for the Franciscan Action Network and economic analysis for antitrust litigation. His board service includes chairing the parish council of a large multicultural church in Washington, DC, where he facilitated involvement in citywide coalitions for affordable housing, homelessness and integral ecology. Presently, he serves on committees for Pax Christi Northern California and the Rotarian Action Group for Peace. He holds degrees from Georgetown and Uppsala University. Given his involvement in the Healthy Richmond initiative, Pierre is very excited about meeting the people of Richmond and communicating their stories, applying insights across multiple disciplines and practicing Spanish! Email Pierre