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Ricardo Flores was named Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) San Diego in April 2017. He joined the non-profit funding agency after serving for 12 years in leading roles with top San Diego elected officials.
In his role, Mr. Flores oversees LISC’s extensive network of investment-based collaborations that support San Diego’s underserved neighborhoods, including City Heights, Colina Park, and Greater Logan Heights.
LISC San Diego supports neighborhood revitalization efforts by assisting community groups through financing, grants, loans and equity capital, in addition to providing technical and management assistance, training opportunities, and additional resources.
A native of San Diego, Ricardo was raised in City Heights, where he resides with his wife Deanneka. LISC San Diego serves the neighborhoods of City Heights and Greater Logan Heights, both of which are within District 9.
Prior to serving as Councilmember Emerald’s chief of staff, Flores was a senior aide to Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), dating back to 2005. Flores has always taken an active role in his community. A long-time Meals on Wheels volunteer, he also served on numerous advisory boards and committees including the San Diego Chicano Democratic Association; San Diego Community College District; and United Way Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Resource.
After graduating from UCLA with a BA degree in Theatre, Film & Television, Flores spent several years in Los Angeles as a production assistant, most notably on the movie “Shrek 2” (2004). He also taught English in Barcelona, Spain.
EMAIL: RFlores@lisc.org DIRECT LINE: 619-541-8017
Kwofi Reed focuses on grassroots affordable housing development, leadership training and community capacity building. Kwofi has served as Program Officer/Underwriter at LISC San Diego the past six years, also is a member of LISC’s national lending team. With the move, Kwofi’s expanded duties also include underwriting for cities throughout the western United States, including San Diego.
As Lending Program Officer, Kwofi Reed coordinates LISC’s $250 million in annual lending to help support affordable housing, economic development and community projects in LISC’s 30-plus urban markets throughout California, Arizona, Washington State and Texas.
In his dual role, Kwofi will help coordinate LISC’s $250 million in annual lending to help support affordable housing, economic development and community projects in LISC’s 30-plus urban markets throughout California, Arizona, Washington State and Texas.
Prior to LISC, he oversaw the District of Columbia’s Tenant Purchase Program that helped residents purchase and manage their own apartment buildings.
A community development professional, Kwofi is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN, holds a law degree from Georgetown University and is a member of the California Bar. At Georgetown University Law Center, he spent two years working with the Harrison Institute for Public Law Housing Clinic.
EMAIL: KReed@lisc.org DIRECT LINE: 619-541-8015
Karina Velazquez joined LISC San Diego in July 2017 as the AmeriCorps Program Administrator and Office Manager.
At LISC, Karina coordinates all office operations, serving multiple roles including social media coordinator, web master, event planner, manage financial and fund development, grant and compliance, plus managing office operations.
In addition, as AmeriCorps Program Administrator, she oversees the social service program in which specially selected members serve participating non-profit agencies throughout San Diego County. AmeriCorps is a domestic version of the Peace Corps.
Prior to joining LISC, Karina was Program Manager at the Diamond Business Association, where she directed a number of Economic Development initiatives such as the Diamond's first printed Business Directory. Karina also coordinated several large events such as the Diamond Street Festival, Taste of the Diamond, and quarterly networking mixers.
Notably, before being hired full-time at the Diamond Business Association, Karina was a LISC AmeriCorps member who served the nonprofit agency.
Karina is a double-major graduate of the University of California Berkeley, with a BA in Chicano Studies and a BA in Political Science. Karina has interned for several elected officials across various levels of government and has also volunteered on a multitude of political campaigns.
Karina sits on several boards across the city including the Chollas Valley Neighborhood Community Planning Group and the UC Berkeley Chicanx/Latinx Alumni Association of San Diego.
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org DIRECT LINE: 619-541-8016