Our Initiatives


Chris Walker, Director of Research & Assessment

Chris is responsible for assembling, conducting, sponsoring and disseminating research on community development’s contributions to the well-being of individuals, families and communities. He also supports the research activities of our local programs throughout the United States. Prior to joining LISC in 2005, Chris directed a community and economic development research program at the Urban Institute, where he led studies of affordable housing, community lending, arts and culture and other community development issues. He has a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sarah Rankin, Senior Research Associate

Sarah manages internal and external evaluations of LISC's community development work and tracks the organization's program activity and impact. Sarah does research on LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers and is the author of a report on the impact of the FOC’s integrated services as they relate to financial outcomes. Prior to joining LISC, she was a program manager at the Corporation for Enterprise Development. She has a B.A. in history from Yale University and a master's in public policy from Duke University. Sarah is currently on a leave of absence while she explores Australia. 

Francisca Winston, Research Associate

Francisca works on a variety of quantitative research projects. She has assembled a national database of housing, income, employment, education, and other data, and uses it to monitor how neighborhoods where LISC concentrates its investments have changed over time. She also applies her GIS mapping skills to help track and report LISC’s program activity. She has a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College and master's in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.