The winners of this year’s Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship award have long been focused on ways to expand economic opportunity and build safer, stronger communities. Through the fellowship program, they now have the chance to focus on transformative efforts they might not otherwise have the time or resources to pursue. “All of us in community development stand on the shoulders of local leaders,” said Michael Rubinger, the former LISC CEO for whom the program is named. “When we nurture them, we expand the nation’s capacity to create jobs, build housing, improve health and fuel cohesive communities.”
LISC announces 2019 class of Rubinger Fellows
Year-long projects will focus on economic opportunity, health, safety and education
NEW YORK (Nov. 19, 2018)—The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named nine dynamic community leaders as winners of the 2019 Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship award.
The year-long fellowship includes a $40,000 grant to each awardee to fund new research, toolkits and models that improve the quality of life in American communities. This year’s cohort will focus on wide range of concerns, from disaster recovery and incarceration to small business development, domestic violence and youth empowerment.
“This is a remarkable group of innovators and thought-leaders,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. “We want to give them the chance to explore creative ideas for impact in their own communities, while fueling economic opportunity across the country and developing as leaders in their fields.”
The new cohort of fellows and their planned fellowship projects include:
The Rubinger Fellowship program was launched in 2017 in honor of Michael Rubinger, LISC’s long-time CEO, who was passionate about lifting up community leaders throughout his 40-year career. (Read more about the impact of the first cohort of fellows here.)
“All of us in community development stand on the shoulders of local leaders,” said Rubinger, who stepped down from LISC in 2016. “When we nurture them, we expand the nation’s capacity to create jobs, build housing, improve health and fuel cohesive communities. I’m so proud to be associated with this important program and these remarkable fellows.”
With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Since 1979, LISC has invested $18.6 billion to build or rehab 376,000 affordable homes and apartments and develop 63 million square feet of retail, community and educational space.