LISC has named George Ashton as its new managing director for strategic investments. He plans to lead LISC’s work on Opportunity Zones with a clear-eyed view of the potential for community gains—focusing not just on how much capital can be raised, but on deploying it in ways that fuel lasting benefits for residents. “We are going to drive opportunities that make sense for places we are trying to serve and the systems that we are trying to change,” noted Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO.
In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing the story of Gerald Hurt, a formerly homeless veteran who recently moved into a new supportive housing community in Danville, Illinois. Together with the National Equity Fund and Bring them HOMES, LISC is working to make sure every veteran has the home he or she needs.
An article in The Atlantic delves into the ways LISC’s Bridges to Career Opportunities program, with support from Citi Foundation, is helping people in underserved communities across America skill up for satisfying jobs in growth industries. The program’s wrap-around services and links to local employers, explains LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones in the article, are the key to “not just a job” but a “transformation of life.”
Maurice A. Jones and Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) co-authored a blog for The Hill, making a strong case for how Opportunity Zones can attract unprecedented capital to underinvested places—if the necessary oversight and guiderails are in place. Under the right circumstances, OZs could channel some $6 trillion into American communities, leveraging local talent, assets and inclusive development already underway.
Soccer fans have been cheering LISC's $30 million collaboration with Lionsraw and American Outlaws to fuel soccer facilities and youth programming in underserved communities. But the effort to invest in 26 fields by the 2026 World Cup is about much more than scoring goals; the program is set to empower 1 million kids and improve the health of their communities as well. Fast Company takes an in-depth look.