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Manny Alfonso, Senior Underwriter - Manny is responsible for partnering with New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and providing technical assistance to community development corporations and for-profit sponsors going through the Year 15 exit process from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Before joining LISC in 2006, Manny was the Neighborhood Redevelopment Program (NRP) underwriter at HPD, underwriting nearly three-quarters of the 112 projects in that program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Math from Queens College, City University of New York and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in quantitative methods from Fordham University. Email Manny

 

Eva Neubauer Alligood, Deputy Director – Eva is responsible for developing and implementing LISC NYC strategic initiatives and programs, building the capacity of nonprofit community development corporations, and fostering partnerships with government, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector to support community development and improve the quality of life in low-income New York City neighborhoods. She began her career as Associate for Program Development at the Pratt Center for Community Development, and then held several positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Before joining LISC NYC in 2012, Eva served as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Communications at the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo). She serves on the board of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council. Eva holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute. Email Eva

 

Cecilia Bartley, Program Assistant - Cecilia is responsible for supporting LISC NYC’s Sandy Build It Back Multifamily Loan Program, which includes maintaining electronic audit files, verifying program participant financial information, and inputting data into Salesforce and other contact management systems. Cecelia joined LISC in 1998 to work with the National AmeriCorps Program. She received her associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Email Cecilia

 

 

Alan Biller, Community Development Officer - Alan is responsible for providing technical assistance to New York City community development corporations and originating, underwriting, and monitoring a portfolio of LISC NYC loans for affordable housing and community facility projects. He joined LISC in 2013 to work on the Sandy Build It Back Multifamily Loan Program. Previously Alan worked at Center for New York City Neighborhoods as Senior Underwriter for the Mortgage Assistance Program, which provides loans and grants to homeowners facing foreclosure. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Email Alan

 

Emily Blank, Senior Community Development Officer – Emily is responsible for managing LISC NYC’s Green and Healthy Neighborhoods work. She is building upon LISC NYC’s existing Communities for Healthy Food and Two Shades of Green programs to develop strategic partnerships and evolve new programs at the intersection of community development and health. Prior to coming to LISC, Emily worked for 17 years at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, where she started as the Director of Community Organizing, and then became the Director of Planning and Development. Prior to Cypress Hills LDC, she worked as a community organizer at the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation and a case manager and program developer at BronxWorks. Emily has a BA from Brown University and an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Email Emily

 

Francesca Brown, Community Development Officer - Francesca underwrites affordable housing transactions, provides technical assistance to nonprofit and private partners, manages relationships with public and private partners around housing finance, and helps to develop strategic partnerships to build LISC NYC’s housing transaction pipeline. Francesca comes to LISC from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), where she most recently served as a Project Manager for Multi-Family New Construction Finance. Prior to working at HPD, she was a consultant to Workforce Housing Advisors and a Community Development Extensionist with the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador. Francesca holds a BS in Public Health and a BA in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MS in Urban Policy and Management from the New School University.

 

Grace Chung, Community Development Officer - Grace is responsible for handling resource development for LISC NYC, working with senior staff to develop new programmatic initiatives, and providing technical assistance to community development corporation partners. She is managing the New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP), an initiative to assist mission-driven organizations to explore developing affordable housing on their underutilized land through joint venture partnerships. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2015, she served as an intern in the LISC Philadelphia program and a fellow at the Philadelphia Commerce Department. She holds a bachelor’s from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Email Grace

 

Wilber Gonzalez, Director of Finance - Wilber is responsible for preparing and monitoring the annual LISC NYC budget, conducting ongoing fiscal analysis and reporting, and designing accounting systems, internal control procedures and financial reporting for special LISC programs and subsidiaries. He joined LISC in 2002 as a Junior Accountant in the national office. Wilber’s previous experience includes accounting positions at Aruvil International, Diagnostic Health Services, and Federacion Nacional Comerciantes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad de San Buenaventura, Colombia, and a Certified Public Accountant license from the New York Department of Education. Email Wilber

 

Sam Marks, Executive Director – Sam Marks is the Executive Director of the New York City office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC NYC), which is dedicated to helping underserved New York City neighborhoods become healthy communities of choice – good places to live, do business, work and raise families.  Sam’s responsibilities include: strategy and business development; communications; creating partnerships with nonprofits, government and the private sector; and overseeing LISC NYC’s lending and program development functions.   Before joining LISC in 2014, he was Vice President at the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and director of housing and community development at the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo). Earlier in his career, Sam founded Breakthrough New York (formerly Summerbridge at The Town School), a youth development program. Sam serves on the board of a number of New York City nonprofits including Neighborhood Restore, Supportive Housing Network of New York, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). Sam holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School. Email Sam

Bonnie Nesbitt, Community Development Officer - Bonnie is responsible for providing technical assistance to community development corporations and originating, underwriting, and monitoring a portfolio of LISC NYC loans for affordable housing development and preservation projects. She previously assisted community partners to increase access to affordable, healthy food in underserved neighborhoods through LISC’s Communities for Healthy Food NYC program. Prior to joining LISC full-time in 2013, Bonnie worked on housing preservation for both LISC and the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), and was a tenant organizer for the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. Bonnie holds a bachelor’s in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s in Urban Policy Analysis & Management from The New School. Email Bonnie

Jessica Spence-Boykin, Community Development Officer - Jessica is responsible for managing operations of LISC NYC’s Sandy Build It Back Multifamily Loan Program, including recording and monitoring contracts, loan documents, and other compliance related matters. She joined LISC in 1995 to serve as a meeting manager for LISC’s national Organizational Development Initiative, and also previously conducted operational duties for LISC NYC’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Prior to LISC, Jessica served as office manager for the Assistant Commissioner of Property Management at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Email Jessica

 

 Anisha Steephen, Community Development Officer - Anisha is responsible for LISC NYC’s growing work in impact development, real estate projects that foster neighborhood economic development and are led by mission-oriented, community organizations committed to social change. Before joining LISC NYC in 2016, Anisha was an Associate at the Urban Investment Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Assistant Vice President and Deputy Executive Director of the NYC Neighborhood Capital Corporation at NYC’s Economic Development Corporation, where she directed strategy and daily operations of NYEDC’s New Markets Tax Credit Program.  Anisha holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and History from Columbia University and a Master of City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email Anisha

 

 

Arturo Suarez, Housing Director - Arturo is responsible for managing LISC NYC housing activities, including the origination and underwriting of loans, grants and equity investments with housing development and preservation partners. He oversees LISC NYC’s Sandy Build It Back Multifamily Loan Program, technical assistance to community development corporations, and portfolio re-positioning of projects existing Year 15 of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program. Prior to re-joining LISC in 2007, Arturo held a number of positions, including Vice President and Market Director of LIHTC Investments at Citibank Community Development, Finance Director for LISC NYC, and Senior Acquisitions Manager for the New York Equity Fund. He holds a bachelor’s in Political Science and Economics from City College of New York and a Master of Public Administration from The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Email Arturo

Brandon Taylor, Project Manager  Brandon is responsible for project management of LISC NYC’s Sandy Build It Back Multifamily Loan Program, including collecting and analyzing data, managing a portfolio of condominium and cooperative loan projects, maintaining and preparing client files for review, ensuring reporting accuracy and consistency across the program’s databases, and identifying programmatic and regulatory issues regarding this CDBG-Disaster Recovery funded program. He joined LISC in 2013. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies with a minor in architecture from Cornell University.  Email Brandon

 

Edward Ubiera, Director of Policy  Edward is responsible for advancing LISC NYC’s government relations and policy agenda by researching and writing about policy issues, developing and maintaining relationships with key government and external stakeholders, contributing to the development of external communication strategies, and assisting in the advancement of LISC NYC strategic initiatives. Before joining LISC in 2015, Edward served as a senior manager in the asset management division of Enterprise Community Investments, where he provided fiduciary oversight for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) investments, and as an associate director at Standard & Poor’s, where he provided credit analysis on municipal housing bonds. Edward holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in Urban Policy from the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, & Urban Policy. Email Edward

Jorge Usher, Resiliency and Construction Coordinator - Jorge is responsible for design and construction planning for multi-family properties under LISC NYC’s Sandy Build It Back Multifamily Loan Program. He re-joined LISC in 2015, having previously served as Construction Manager for the LISC Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Construction Supervisor on LISC’s Low Income Tax Credit Program financed projects. His other previous affordable housing experience includes positions with the National Equity Fund and St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation. Jorge has a depth of expertise on green construction, resiliency, energy audits and New York City housing programs. Jorge holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad National de Asuncion, Paraguay. Email Jorge

Erika Van Gundy, Community Development Officer – Erika is responsible for economic development and capacity building of LISC NYC’s community development corporation partners, including supporting LISC NYC’s newly launched Commercial Corridor Challenge program. Erika’s prior experience includes serving as a Program Officer for Tax and Financial Services at the NYC Office of Financial Empowerment and a Financial Fellow at the nonprofit organization The Financial Clinic providing bilingual (Spanish-English) group workshops and direct services to low-income New Yorkers. Most recently, Erika spent a year as a Fulbright Garcia Robles Grantee working as a Financial Analyst for Volaris Airlines in Mexico City. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from Cornell University. Email Erika

 

Jordana Vasquez, Community Development Officer  Jordana is responsible for project management of LISC NYC’s Sandy Build It Back Multifamily Loan Program, including collecting and analyzing data, managing a portfolio of condominium and cooperative loan projects, and maintaining and preparing client files for review. She also provides technical assistance to 10 LISC NYC affordable housing partners on the Two Shades of Green program. Prior to joining LISC in 2015, Jordana was an assistant project manager for Aerial Design and Build. Her previous experience includes collaborating with TECHO, Habitat for Humanity, Liter of Light, Architecture for Humanity and other community-led design organizations. Jordana holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute. Email Jordana