Our Initiatives


Seung Kim, Senior Director

Seung helps LISC offices throughout the country design and establish Financial Opportunity Centers. She also leads her team to implement and test innovative initiatives such as Bridges to Career Opportunities, with a strong focus on outcomes measurement. Prior to joining our national staff in 2012, Seung was a consultant for LISC Chicago’s Centers for Working Families and worked with the national office on FOCs. Seung was also a VP of fixed income analytics for ANB Financial Group, an analytics associate for Performance Trust Companies and a financial coach. She has a bachelor’s from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Laura D'Alessandro, Senior Program Officer

Laura provides technical assistance and support to LISC’s network of over 75 Financial Opportunity Centers. Prior to coming to LISC, she worked with Helen Keller International and has a breadth of experience in program design, non-profit financing and grants management. Laura has a special interest in integrating asset building programs with workforce development initiatives and manages LISC’s Twin Accounts credit-building and savings program. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a master’s in public administration from New York University.

Carolina Rendon, Program Officer 

Carolina Rendon, Program OfficerCarolina has eight years of experience working in non-profits, most recently in grants compliance and data management. She brings expertise in contracts compliance, data assurance and quality, data evaluation, and customer relationship management databases to her work with our Financial Stability team. Carolina is a long-time Chicago resident and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Paul Schulz, Program Officer

Paul manages workforce strategy, technical assistance and grants for LISC’s network of FOCs and the Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative. Paul has built a career helping others with barriers to economic advancement. Prior to joining the national team, Paul was a workforce development consultant and worked in a variety of direct service, program management, and executive roles with community-based organizations. He has significant experience developing career pathways, social enterprise, and wealth creation initiatives for people with criminal records, immigrants, refugees, and families receiving public assistance.

Candi Blake, Program Assistant

Candi supports the Family Income and Wealth Building (FIWB) team by providing a range of grants management and compliance functions. She also assists with implementation and development of the FIWB program initiatives. Candi joins LISC after serving as Program Specialist for the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program. She also has over 5 years experience working in the nonprofit sector. Candi has a passion for community action and service. She holds both a Bachelor's of Arts and a Master's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.