Our Initiatives


Matt Josephs, Senior Vice President

Matt manages the team that responsible for developing LISC’s federal policy agenda; communicating this agenda to LISC employees, board members, funders, and other stakeholders; and pursuing this agenda through engagement with members of Congress and other federal officials. Before coming to LISC in 2012, Matt worked for 13 years at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, where he coordinated policy development and implementation. He holds a B.A. from Emory University, and a M.P.P. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Nicole Barcliff, Policy Director

Nicole advocates for federal policies that provide support to several LISC national programs including: AmeriCorps, Safety, Charter School Funding, Early Childhood Facilities and Financial Stability. Prior to joining LISC, Nicole worked in government relations at the Pew Charitable Trusts. She began her career as a staffer in the office of Congressman Robert Brady. Nicole graduated from Temple University with a degree in psychology and African American studies, and is a proud native of Newark, NJ.

Tanya Chin Ross, Policy Director, Advocacy

Tanya directs grassroots advocacy campaigns to promote LISC’s policy agenda; develops advocacy tools for LISC’s local office network and Rural LISC members; and develops policy communications tools. Before LISC, she spent 12 years at Safe Kids Worldwide, a child safety non-profit. Previously, she was at the Center for Women Policy Studies; a Washington, D.C. consulting firm; and the New York State Assembly. She has a B.A. from Syracuse University and a M.P.A. in policy analysis from American University.

Jessica Anderson, Policy Assistant

Jessica assists in LISC’s outreach and advocacy efforts to promote LISC’s policy agenda and to develop communications among LISC field offices, partner organizations and on Capitol Hill. She also provides broad support to the policy team in its work with the Administration, Congress and colleague organizations. Prior to joining LISC, Jessica was with the Population Connection where she worked on educating and engaging members across the country. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Abigail Santos, Assistant Policy Officer

Abigail assists the policy team in its work with Congress and the Administration. Her duties include developing policy briefs, researching and drafting policy memos and tracking federal funding opportunities for LISC. She also represents LISC Policy in coalitions and manages external policy communications strategies. Previously, she served as a program assistant at LISC San Diego and worked as a council representative for the San Diego city council. She has a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a M.P.A. from San Diego State University.