LISC National
What We Do

Advancing Economic Inclusion in LA

LISC LA believes that all residents should have the opportunity to benefit from the region’s growth and economic prosperity.

The best chance at sustaining a local thriving economy requires that we take concerted action to foster economic inclusion to ensure that low-income communities are not left behind.

LISC leads and participates in a number of efforts throughout the region aimed at advancing a place-based economic-development agenda, rooted in equity and inclusion.

Anchor Institution Strategy

LISC works with Anchor Institutions and community organizations to create living wage jobs and invest in small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods.

Read more about our strategies below.

The South Central LA Regional Center is a Anchor Leader for Economic Inclusion in South LA

SCLARC provides place-based services to almost 15,000 clients each year and is supported by more than 900 community vendors and local small businesses. In 2016, SCLARC leadership determined that in order to better serve their clients, they needed to take a greater role in the growth and sustainability of the 900+ service providers that contract with the regional center.

Everyone In Economic Inclusion Initiative Phase 1 Report

In service to our mission to bring economic opportunity to low and moderate income communities, beginning in 2017, LISC LA served as the Chair of the City of Long Beach’s ‘Everyone In’ Economic Inclusion Initiative, an initiative designed to develop policy solutions that deliver economic opportunity to disadvantaged communities, with the ultimate goal of creating a local economy that includes and benefits every resident. 


Everyone In Initiative

‘Everyone In’ is an economic inclusion initiative led by the Office of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson and LA LISC that seeks to create a robust local economy that benefits every Long Beach resident. With community partners and residents, we are creating policy solutions to ensure that nobody is left behind in Long Beach's economy. Read our Phase 1 recommendations here.

Employee Ownership for Small Business Preservation

LA LISC, Project Equity, and the City of Long Beach are piloting a unique small business preservation program focused on advancing employee ownership models. Through a comprehensive small business retention program, this initiative will create and preserve living wage jobs, retain businesses, and build local wealth. Read more about it here.

LA Promise Zone

The Los Angeles Promise Zone is a collective impact initiative that involves leaders from government, local institutions, non-profit and community organizations coming together to create economic opportunity, improve education, boost public safety and build sustainable, livable communities.

The LA Promise Zone is comprised of five ethnically and linguistically diverse neighborhoods based in Central Los Angeles – Hollywood, East Hollywood, Pico-Union, Westlake and Wilshire Center. 


For more information, contact Miranda Rodriguez.


For more information on LA's Promise Zone or to get involved, please contact Jessica Wackenhut.