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Eva Neubauer Alligood, Interim Executive 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

 

Lori Barton, Community Development Officer for Operations - Lori is responsible for coordinating LISC NYC operations, planning and managing events and conferences, and supporting communications. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2017, Lori held previous roles as an Executive Assistant at Animal Planet and Discovery Networks, landscape designer, and independent online bookstore owner. Lori holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and studied Visual Communications at the graduate level at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Email Lori

 

Emily Blank, Senior Community Development Officer – Emily is responsible for managing LISC NYC’s 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

 

Grace Chung, Senior 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

 

Paola Garrido Estévez, Community Development Officer -- Paola manages LISC NYC’s Commercial Corridor Challenge program and carries out capacity building, knowledge sharing and program development initiatives. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2019, Paola worked as a Special Projects Associate in the LISC Cincinnati office for over the past three years, where she implemented capacity building projects to support place-based initiatives, designed and executed a comprehensive communications strategy, and managed a community-wide housing strategy that engaged multiple partners and stakeholders. Previously she was a host for a weekly radio program in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Paola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from PUCMM, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a Master’s degree in Cultural and Natural Heritage Management from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and a Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.  Email Paola

 

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

 

Lizzie Hodges, Community Development Intern – Lizzie is responsible for supporting LISC NYC’s communications activities and for providing logistical support for LISC NYC special events. Lizzie previously worked as a Social Media and Marketing Intern with Generation Citizen. Her previous experience includes serving as a Voter Assistance Intern at the Campaign Finance Board/NYC Votes, a Land Use Intern at the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, and a Community Organizer/Nonprofit Blogger at the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association. She recently graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies. She will begin pursuing her Master’s degree in Urban Policy and Leadership at CUNY Hunter College in Fall 2019. Email Lizzie

 

Sharon Lewis, Community Development Officer for Housing – Sharon is responsible for underwriting all types of real estate transactions requiring predevelopment, acquisition construction or permanent loans, tax exempt bond financing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) financing. She provides technical assistance to LISC NYC’s community development partners and manages relationships with government financing sources. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2018, Sharon was a Senior Project Manager at Habitat for Humanity New York City, and prior to that, held various project management positions at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Sharon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Public Health from CUNY Hunter College. Email Sharon

 

Janet Lorn, Community Development Officer for Housing – Janet is responsible for underwriting all types of real estate transactions requiring predevelopment, acquisition construction or permanent loans, tax exempt bond financing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) financing. She provides technical assistance to LISC NYC’s community development partners and manages relationships with government financing sources. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2019, Janet worked as Senior Vice President/ Portfolio Manager at Israel Discount Bank and prior to that, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate in the Westchester Office of M&T Bank where she managed a $500+ million portfolio. She also previously worked at Equitable Life as Vice President of the NYC Regional Office in their Real Estate Investment Management office and at Arthur Anderson as an auditor. Janet holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from Cornell University. Email Janet

Leah Martins-Krasner, Assistant Community Development Officer – Leah is responsible for supporting LISC NYC’s development, communications, special events, and capacity building programs. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2019, Leah worked as an intern with the City of Rahway, New Jersey’s Department of Community Development. Previously she was a Resident Response Center Intern for City Hall in Jersey City, NJ. She has also served as a refugee shelter volunteer in Leros, Greece and worked on a food insecurity initiative with Johnson & Johnson and the Collaborative for Community Based Research & Service to integrate the Rutgers University community with city residents in New Brunswick, NJ. Leah graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A in Planning & Public Policy and a minor in Labor Studies and Portuguese. Email Leah

 

Thomas Mitchell, Community Development Officer for Economic Development – Thomas is responsible for underwriting all types of economic development and community facility real estate transactions requiring predevelopment, acquisition construction or permanent loans, tax exempt bond financing and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing. He provides technical assistance to LISC NYC’s partners undertaking economic development and community facility projects and manages relationships with government financing sources. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2019, Thomas was a Project Manager at SB Friedman Development Advisors specializing in New Markets Tax Credit financing for projects around the country. Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Financial Engineering from Binghamton University. Email Thomas

 

Arturo Suarez, Director of Lending - 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

 

Brock Williams, Community Development Officer for Housing – Brock is responsible for underwriting all types of real estate transactions requiring predevelopment, acquisition construction or permanent loans, tax exempt bond financing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) financing. He provides technical assistance to LISC NYC’s community development partners and manages relationships with government financing sources. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2018, Brock was a Development Manager at the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development in Hartford, Connecticut and a Resource Development Manager at the Mutual Housing Association of South Central CT. He has also held various planning and tax assessment roles for towns in Connecticut. Brock holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Urban Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Email Brock