Our Stories

LISC Announces New Bay Area Executive Director

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.

How To Build A Charter School

After years of guiding charter school facilities development, LISC has bottled its knowledge in a new platform: SchoolBuild: From Idea to Construction. SchoolBuild is an essential online resource to support charter school leaders as they dig into the process of creating a bricks-and-mortar facility, with advice on everything from cost projections to financing options and the many other steps required to bring a new school to life.

Smart Fixes for the Bay Area’s Housing Crisis

In a letter to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, LISC CEO Maurice Jones urges support for policies and development that can solve the crisis of affordable housing, and housing affordability, in the hot Bay Area market.

9.07.2017 -

Community-Police Partnerships, and How to Help Them

In a roundtable discussion for Shelterforce, Julia Ryan, director of LISC’s safety and health programs, explained our multi-pronged approach to nurturing collaboration among law enforcement, residents and community developers. The upshot is neighborhoods with lower crime, less blight and greater resident confidence in police.

8.29.2017 -

Creative Placemaking in Words and Pictures

This August, we highlighted LISC's creative placemaking work in locales across the country, funded in large part by a grant from The Kresge Foundation. Here's a roundup of all the stories you might have missed.