LISC National
About Us


Bob Van Meter, Executive Director

(617) 410-4333

Bob Van Meter has served as Executive Director of LISC Boston since March of 2008. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation from 1993 until 2008, and a project manager and real estate director at the Fenway Community Development Corporation before that.

Marizabel Benoit, Assistant Program Officer

(617) 410-4337

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

(617) 410-4334

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

(617) 410-4336

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.

Allentza Michel, Coordinator, Fairmount Indigo Network

(617) 410-4343

Allentza Michel coordinates the 30+ organizations that make up the Fairmount Indigo Network, otherwise known as FIN.

Inés Palmarin, Senior Program Officer, Resilient Communities, Resilient Families

(617) 410-4340

Inés Palmarin oversees "Resilient Communities, Resilient Families," our comprehensive community development strategy.

Karleen Porcena, Program Officer, Economic Opportunity

(617) 410-4339

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

(617) 410-4338

Marilyn Sanchez is the 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.

Eric Uva, Director of Small Business Lending

(617) 410-4341

Eric Uva leads the Impact Lending program, a Boston-based small business lending and capacity building program in partnership with Northeastern University. In this capacity, he originates small business loans and provides technical assistance to existing small businesses with a focus on job creation in Boston's underserved communities.


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.