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Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship

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.

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2017 Fellows

Bryce Butler
Access Ventures; Louisville, KY

DeAnna Cummings
Juxtaposition Arts; St. Paul, MN

Zoraima Diaz-Pineda
Community Development Corporation of Brownsville; Brownsville, TX

Brian Guyer
Human Resource Development Council; Bozeman, MT

Meridith Levy
Somerville Community Corporation; Somerville, MA

Kerry McLean
Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation; Bronx, NY

Rami Nashashibi
Inner-City Muslim Action Network; Chicago, IL

’Alisi Tulua
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance; Los Angeles, CA

Jenifer Wagley
Avenue Community Development Center; Houston, TX

Cindy Wu
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. 

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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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Leadership support provided by Lisa & Dick Cashin and Robert E. Rubin

With Additional Support From

  • Suzanne Anarde
  • ArtPlace America/Jamie Bennett
  • Elise Balboni
  • Bank of America
  • Geraldine Baum
  • Greg Belinfanti
  • Terry Benelli
  • Better Housing Coalition
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Debbie Burkart
  • Phyllis Caldwell
  • Helene Caloir & Dimitri Tzimas
  • Citi Foundation
  • Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)
  • Franklin A. Cole
  • Kimberly Cutcher
  • Larry & Marilyn Dale
  • Michelle de la Uz
  • Joan Diver
  • Sally E. Durdan
  • Tom Espinoza
  • Chief Dean Esserman
  • Barbara Fields
  • Pamela P. Flaherty
  • Ford Foundation
  • Lisa & Charles Glover
  • Colvin W. Grannum
  • The Greater Milwaukee Community Foundation
  • Paul S. Grogan
  • Jessica Guilfoy Hart
  • Lisa Hasegawa
  • Micheal Hearne
  • Joe Horiye
  • Marc Jahr
  • Kevin Jordan & Stefan Strein
  • Matt Josephs
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Lynette Jung Lee
  • Michael Levine
  • Tobin Levy
  • Rhonda Lewis
  • Lily Lo-Klein
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Patrick Maher
  • Richard Manson & Sue Radmer
  • Beth Marcus & Doug Schwarz
  • Kathy Merchant
  • MetLife Foundation
  • Cindy Mims
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Philip D. Murphy
  • Oramenta Newsome
  • Barbara Page
  • Ronald Phillips
  • PNC
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH)
  • The Presidential Grants Fund of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
  • Project HOME
  • Tony Proscio
  • Prudential Foundation
  • Rey Ramsey
  • Lata N. Reddy
  • Kimberly Reed
  • Robert E. Rubin
  • Matthew Rubinger
  • Nilda Ruiz
  • Denise Notice Scott
  • David Stanley & Jean Keffeler
  • State Farm
  • Bill & Joanna Taft
  • Laura Tavormina
  • Michael Tierney
  • Ellen Tower
  • Chuck Vliek
  • Nancy & George Walker
  • Anne Zahner