The Rubinger Community Fellowship invests in exceptionally talented leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit and deep ties to their communities. Each of LISC's 2017 fellows has shown a unique commitment to the community development field.
This is the inaugural year of the fellowship, which is named in honor of Michael Rubinger, LISC’s former CEO, who pioneered new ways to revitalize communities throughout his 40-year career.
LISC awarded $40,000 to each fellow to support a special project that addresses critical challenges in rural and urban America — from economic development and financial literacy to affordable housing and community engagement. Their overarching goal is to develop innovative solutions that improve the quality of life for people and places, and connect them to the broader economy.
Access Ventures; Louisville, KY
Juxtaposition Arts; St. Paul, MN
Community Development Corporation of Brownsville; Brownsville, TX
Human Resource Development Council; Bozeman, MT
Somerville Community Corporation; Somerville, MA
Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation; Bronx, NY
Inner-City Muslim Action Network; Chicago, IL
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance; Los Angeles, CA
Avenue Community Development Center; Houston, TX
Chinatown Community Development Center; San Francisco, CA
They come from all corners of the country, and all share a deep commitment to helping their communities thrive. Meet the inaugural class of the Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship.
In an interview with Shelterforce, Michael Rubinger shares his experiences at LISC and the field he devoted his life's work to.
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