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Andrea Pereira, Executive Director

Andrea Pereira is Executive Director of LISC for both Hartford and Connecticut Statewide programs. She is responsible for oversight of all program activities including, lending, capacity-building, public policy, fundraising and communications. She also supervises staff and manages funder relations.  Her 35 years of experience in urban and community development includes work at the community, municipal and state levels with work in economic and community development, affordable housing, community development finance and public policy. Ms. Pereira earned an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a BA in Urban Studies from Trinity College.  She has been at LISC for 19 years.  Email Andrea.

Lesley Higgins-Biddle, Senior Program Officer

Lesley Higgins-Biddle is a Senior Program Officer who manages the Connecticut Statewide LISC programs and provides technical assistance and investments for local groups in Connecticut’s cities, suburban and rural communities.  Prior to joining LISC in 2002, she worked as a housing developer for New Samaritan, a statewide non-profit housing organization. In the course of her career, Lesley was also the Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services in Stamford, Connecticut, and worked for Neighborworks in Connecticut. Ms. Higgins-Biddle earned Masters and PhD degrees from Yale University and a BA from Beloit College.  A published author, she has 35 years of experience in nonprofit housing and community development in Connecticut.  Email Lesley.

Catherine R. Branch, Program Officer

Catherine R. Branch is the program officer for Connecticut Statewide LISC. She provides technical assistance for affordable housing and community development throughout Connecticut and will collaborate on communications and special projects. Catherine has over 20 years of experience in community development. She is the former executive director of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (CONN-NAHRO), a statewide public housing organization. She also has experience with affordable and supportive housing development, community policing, public policy, grant writing, and federal government contracting and compliance. Catherine holds a BS in Urban Studies from The University of Connecticut and an MS in Public Administration & Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She is new to LISC as of January, 2017.  Email Cathy.

Debi Davis, Assistant Program Officer

Debi Davis is Assistant Program Officer for LISC in Connecticut.  She has financial oversight for the two core Connecticut LISC programs and the Hartford Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative.  She is the liaison between staff and National LISC, and serves as grants and contracts manager.  She assists with marketing communications and provides support to the Executive Director in all aspects of fundraising for the programs.  Ms. Davis is actively involved in her community, having served on the regional United Way Board as well as the Operations Committee of the UW of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.  She is a member of the Parent Leadership Alumni Association and advocates for children and education innovations in Enfield, where she resides with her family.  Email Debi.

Angela Berry, Office Manager

Angela Berry is the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant for the LISC office in Hartford. Her duties include purchasing, vendor payments, expense reporting, event planning and information technology.  She organizes office operations and procedures; serves as liaison with facility management and its vendors; addresses employees’ queries regarding office management issues; assists in the onboarding process for new hires; and manages the Connecticut websites. Ms. Berry joined LISC in 2001. She previously worked in the insurance industry and has extensive knowledge of nonprofit management and community development.  Ms. Berry is active in her church, as a Sunday School teacher and licensed missionary; she plans and coordinates women’s meetings which feature expert speakers on health and wellness and other topics related to women. She also helps with clothing and food drives for the community at large.  Email Angela

Office Address:

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-250
Hartford, CT 06106
Main Number:  860-525-4821
Fax:  860-525-4822

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