LISC has named Geoff Jolley to lead its ambitious community investment plans in Kansas City. Jolley, who has spent decades working on the interests of local residents as both a policy expert and community leader, takes the helm of LISC Kansas City this month to oversee work on affordable housing, economic development, health, community safety and jobs.
This month, LISC opened its newest metro office in Upstate South Carolina. Long-time economic development leader Julie Franklin will bring her community development expertise honed in Greenville and Spartanburg to the role of executive director of the LISC Upstate SC program. The new office will focus on comprehensive, long-term investments in affordable housing, businesses and jobs. “As a whole, the Upstate is enjoying strong growth, but not everyone has been able to participate in our economic expansion,” said Franklin. “To succeed in a globally competitive marketplace, we need to build up our local talent, strengthen our neighborhoods and fuel a broadly shared prosperity that allows everyone to thrive.”
Providence, RI resident Taylonda Vanover had a passion for baking but didn't know how to convert that talent into a living-wage job. Until she learned about Amos House. With support from Citi Foundation and LISC, Amos House is one of 40 organizations bringing job training to communities across the U.S. to help residents build fulfilling careers. Vanover shares the story of how the Culinary Education Program at Amos House helped her take her love of baking to fulltime work with a flourishing artisan doughnut bakery.
What does financial stability have to do with surviving domestic violence? Plenty, according to Natalia Otero, co-founder and executive director of Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (DC SAFE) and a 2019 Rubinger Fellow. In a conversation with LISC, she shares some of her insight and new findings about the critical “investment” of helping abuse survivors get to financial independence.
Donsia Strong-Hill, executive director of LISC Milwaukee, was tapped to give the keynote address at Milwaukee Biz Journal’s Women of Influence Awards last week—and to mark that distinction, the Journal interviewed her about LISC’s investments to spark and grow small businesses in historically underinvested, minority communities. It’s a critical tool, said Strong-Hill, for supporting families of color to build generational wealth.