President and Chief Executive Officer
LISC President and CEO Michael Rubinger has been at the forefront of community development for 40 years. With a reach that extends from the stoops of troubled neighborhoods to Wall Street and the White House, he has worked to create innovative programs, assemble capital, steer policy and lead sustainable change so that even the most distressed parts of the country can become good places for families to live.
Michael took the helm at LISC in 1999, but his leadership dates back more than three decades, to our earliest days. Michael was one of LISC’s original staff members in 1980. He helped chart our early course to revitalize inner-city urban housing, drove our expansion into long-neglected rural areas and in recent years developed a comprehensive approach to building safe, healthy neighborhoods now known as Building Sustainable Communities. Today, it’s being replicated all across the country.
In between, he was the executive vice president of the Pew Charitable Trusts and assistant commissioner of employment and training for the City of New York. He helped to implement housing and employment programs for the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and he spent his earliest professional days with the Ford Foundation, developing various community and economic development initiatives.
Michael is a graduate of Brown University and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.