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Kathy Schwab
Executive Director
(513) 723-2114
kschwab at

Cincinnati real estate development veteran Kathy Laker Schwab has been the Executive Director of LISC since December 2008. She brings to LISC an expertise in real estate, having spent 20 years of her career running her own real estate brokerage, management and development company.  A life-long urban advocate, Schwab helped to established the first SID (special improvement district),  Downtown Cincinnati Inc., where she served as Vice President of Residential Development from 1998 to 2004. There she was responsible for formulating and executing strategies for residential revitalization in the urban core.  She has also directed the formation of at least two CDCs in Cincinnati, and has served as a development consultant to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the University of Cincinnati, 3CDC and the Uptown Consortium.

Schwab is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she serves as a member of the UC Real Estate Executive Advisory Council.

Kristen Baker
Program Officer
kbaker at

Kristen Baker joined LISC in May 2011 as Assistant Program Officer, and has over ten years of experience working in the region’s nonprofit community, both in direct service and program oversight roles. She provides oversight and technical assistance to Financial Opportunity Centers funded through the Social Innovation Fund. Kristen has a B.A. in Sociology and Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton.

Kate McInerney
Assistant Program Officer
kmcinerney at

Kate joined LISC in May 2012 with four years of experience in community development finance in Chicago. She is responsible for communications, Place Matters administration, and the local LISC AmeriCorps program. Kate graduated with a B.A. from Denison University, where she double-majored in English and religion. She served for one year as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Chicago. Kate has current Economic Development Finance Professional certification through the National Development Council.

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Lisa F. Carson 
Program Assistant
(513) 723-2112
lcarson at

Lisa joined LISC in 2007. She oversees the local HUD Section 4 grant program, addressing the compliance requirements, payment disbursements and site visits for the sub-recipients. Lisa enjoys gardening, graphic editing and NFL.

Amy Tang

Amy Tang
AmeriCorps VISTA
ttang at

Amy joined LISC in June 2013 with two years of experience in public opinion research and business community engagement in Michigan and Ohio.  Her day-to-day activities involve communications, fund development, loan and grant underwriting, and she provides technical assistance for Place Matters initiatives.  Amy graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently volunteering with the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and co-chairing the communications executive committee at the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce.