LISC National
About Us


Karen E. Kelleher, Executive Director

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Karen E. Kelleher brings more than 20 years of experience driving housing affordability and building strong, inclusive communities to her role as Executive Director of LISC Boston. 

Marizabel Benoit, Assistant Program Officer

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Marizabel Benoit manages the LISC Boston AmeriCorps program, grants portfolio and LISC NFL Grassroots Program. Before working at LISC Boston, she served as Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) of Boston. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mike Davis, Senior Program Officer, Lending & Green Retrofit Initiative

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Mike Davis joined LISC in 2012 and provides affordable housing owners across the state with technical assistance on energy efficiency, clean energy and healthy housing. Additionally, Mike also does lending and asset management for LISC on community development projects.

Emily Jones, Program Officer, Green Retrofit Initiative

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Emily Jones is responsible for helping affordable housing owners understand energy use in their buildings, implement energy-saving measures, and incorporate renewable technologies and healthy housing measures.

Karleen Porcena, Senior Program Officer, Economic Opportunity

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Karleen Porcena manages the expansion of all income, asset building, entrepreneurship, and neighborhood economic development activities. In addition, as the Massachusetts Kiva Advisor, Karleen ensures that entrepreneurs with barriers to accessing loans through traditional financial institutions are able to access no-interest capital for business needs.

Marilyn Sanchez, Office Manager

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Marilyn Sanchez provides operational support to staff. She serves on the board of the Alliance (Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism), a joint initiative launched by LISC Boston and MACDC.


Our Values

  • We believe it is possible to end the continuous cycle of poverty, and in our ability to move the needle in that direction.
  • We believe that community-based organizations are essential to community development work.
  • ​We recognize that the neighborhoods we serve are rich in assets, resources, knowledge, solutions, and leadership, and that our role is to support them in building on these strengths to achieve their goals.
  • We believe in inclusive community engagement in all the program and investment opportunities that we pursue and implement.
  • Innovation and data both drive our approach to community development.
  • We strive to achieve both quantitative and qualitative outcomes that positively impact our neighborhoods and help us ensure a more equitable city.
  • We believe in the value of partnership and collaboration, both among staff and between LISC Boston and external organizations, to achieve collective impact. We recognize that each of us brings a unique wisdom and creativity to our work.