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Connecticut LISC Has New Executive Director

A community investment group that has driven more than $420 million into Connecticut communities, has named a new executive director to lead its expanding economic development agenda and drive new capital into housing, businesses and jobs across the state.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced today that James P. Horan will lead LISC’s work both in Hartford and statewide, helping expand investment programs that help raise standards of living for residents and communities.

“We are thrilled to have Jim at the helm of our Connecticut programs,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. “He has that rare blend of public-private experience that ranges from innovative strategic planning to on-the-ground work with residents—both focused on connecting families to economic opportunity so they can build a strong future.”

Horan most recently served as executive director/CEO of the Connecticut Association for Human Services, a statewide antipoverty program that focuses heavily on the economic success of families.  Horan led high-impact efforts on job training, education and child well-being while overseeing the organizations day to day operations, including CAHS’ position as fiscal agent for seven other nonprofits.

Earlier, he worked in a series of positions in the mayor’s office for the City of New Haven, including Chief Administrative Officer, where he oversaw seven city agencies ranging from the police and fire departments to human services.

Before entering city government, Horan worked as associate director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition and, before then, as an attorney working on land use, affordable housing regulations and zoning at Robinson & Cole, a regional law firm.

Horan earned his J.D. and Master of Planning from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in government from Georgetown University. He has volunteered his time in a variety of capacities for Career Resources, Inc., the Association for Adult and Continuing Education, the Connecticut Asset Building Collaborative and the Connecticut Center for School Change.

Horan can be reached in LISC’s Hartford office beginning on September 17th at 860-200-8020 or