LISC National
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Karleen Porcena is the Economic Opportunity Program Officer, and 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.

Karleen is passionate about building bridges between people and communities and the resources they need to thrive. She brings to her work a wide variety of relationships with community organizations, businesses and resident leaders, which is critical to her ability to support economic development programs. Prior to joining LISC, Karleen served as Director of the Mattapan Family Service Center (MFSC), Boston's largest antipoverty agency, where she assisted families through innovative, comprehensive programs that promoted upward mobility and a higher quality of life.

Karleen holds a degree in Political Science and Spanish from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Food Project, and an advisory board member for the Boys and Girls Club Mattapan Teen Center. Karleen has lived in Roxbury for the past 15 years, and enjoys traveling and playing volleyball.

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