With sadness we announce the passing of Oramenta Newsome, vice president and executive director of the LISC's DC office. She was an unwavering and passionate champion for the residents of underinvested neighborhoods of Washington, DC and for the city she loved. We pledge to continue her life’s work.
Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Maurice Jones, LISC’s CEO and president, reflects on the parallels between our 20-year partnership with the NFL Foundation and his own experiences playing high school football. The 350 fields we’ve created with the NFL Grassroots Program make clear that the value of playing fields extends well beyond the importance of physical fitness: they provide space for youth development, bring communities together, and nurture transformative relationships.
In this episode Maurice discusses opportunities to narrow the life-expectancy gap that exist in communities all across the country. Engaging with new and existing partners, expanding initiatives designed to address social-determinants of health and the aspiration to expand LISC’s focus on health overall are just a few of the points Maurice speaks to in this interesting and timely discussion.
LISC has invested deeply in the health and wellbeing of people in the places where we work for 40 years. But we’re upping the ante. President and CEO Maurice Jones calls on partners to join us in upending health disparities through tailored investments in communities, and designing a plan to assess the health outcomes of our broad work in economic development, housing, safety and financial stability.
Cynthia Wong, VP for Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley, will become the new head of LISC’s Bay Area office. In a message announcing her hire, LISC CEO Maurice Jones noted that Wong, who helped orchestrate LISC’s first bond offering earlier this year, is “a leading national voice on economic opportunity and community growth” and will bring a great depth of experience to the position.