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LISC Announces Leadership Transition in Kansas City



Brian File, Chair of the Local Advisory Board of Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced that Stephen Samuels, the Executive Director of Greater Kansas City LISC, informed the Board that he will be leaving his post effective February 28, 2019.

Stephen has been a dynamic leader for our organization during his 5½ years as our Executive Director. It is therefore with a mix of sadness and gratitude that LISC announces that Stephen will be leaving.
— Brian File

Under Mr. Samuels’ leadership, among other accomplishments, Greater Kansas City LISC partnered with the City of Kansas City, MO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Hall Family Foundation in establishing a $4 million catalytic urban predevelopment fund; established Thrive, an annual bi-state community development celebration; and together with the United Way of Greater Kansas City, significantly expanded the reach and impact of LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers.

“Our community is a much better place because of Stephen’s leadership and he will be missed,” File said.

LISC and the local Board have initiated the search for a new Executive Director. The job description can be found HERE.  In a few weeks, LISC will share more information about interim leadership.

About Greater Kansas City LISC: Since 1981, Greater Kansas City LISC has successfully collaborated with strategic partners to help revitalize city neighborhoods by investing in capacity building, housing rehabilitation and construction, and family economic stability. Over the past 37 years, LISC has infused over $216 million in grants, loans and equity investments into underserved communities in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. These investments helped to realize a total of $650 million in construction for housing and commercial development projects, resulting in the addition of more than 5,000 affordable homes throughout the metro.