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Andriana Abariotes, Executive Director

Andriana became the Executive Director of Twin Cities LISC in 2007 after joining the organization in 1999.  She leads one of LISC’s most innovative and robust local offices, focused on supporting collaborative approaches across neighborhoods and sectors including transportation, health, education and arts/culture; growing diverse leadership; and strengthening regional community economic development capacity. TC LISC annually invests $8-10 million in local development partners and strategies, which leverages nearly $150 million in redevelopment each year. With over 25 years of experience in the field, she holds a B.A. from Macalester College and M.A. from the University of Minnesota.  In 2014, she was selected for a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship.

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Tina Homstad, Program Officer: Communications & Fundraising

Tina joined LISC in 2006 and is responsible for the development and implementation of LISC’s communication activities. She coordinates the implementation of our social media, web, and storytelling strategies working with LISC staff, community partners and key stakeholders. Tina also plays a key role in the fundraising activities of Twin Cities LISC. Before joining LISC, Tina worked as the Coordinating Consultant to the Northside Home Fund, a collaborative effort to revitalize areas of North Minneapolis that were significantly impacted by the foreclosure crisis. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

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Amy McCulloch, Deputy Director: Real Estate & Economic Development

Amy joined LISC in 2013 with primary responsibility for real estate lending and in 2015, she became Deputy Director, helping lead TC LISC’s programmatic initiatives. Amy works with LISC staff, community, and public partners to build relationships and align LISC investments to maximize benefits for both neighborhoods and individuals. Amy brings 20 years of community development experience to LISC, including more than ten years at Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) where she was Vice President, Programs. Prior to GMHF, Amy was at the Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency for nine years, where she held the position of Senior Housing Finance Analyst. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon, is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

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Gretchen Nicholls, Program Officer: CDI, Big Picture Project, TOD

Gretchen focuses on our suburban and regional work, transit-oriented development, and manages the Corridor Development Initiative (CDI). CDI is a national award winning interactive planning process that engages community members in guiding redevelopment along transit corridors and opportunity sites. Gretchen is working region-wide to support important equitable redevelopment opportunities through CDI, the Accelerator, and Big Picture Project projects, in coordination with local governments and community partners. She also supports peer-to-peer learning and collaboration in our Central Corridor and Hopkins/Blake Road focus areas. Gretchen formerly led the CDI as the Executive Director of the Center for Neighborhoods, a nonprofit that served the region as an incubator of innovation at the neighborhood level. Gretchen also teaches an urban studies course at the University of Minnesota on community-based organizations and has served on the boards of numerous neighborhood organizations and community development organizations. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.

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Kate Speed, Program Officer: Lending & Project Technical Assistance

Kate joined LISC in 2005 and effectively implements LISC’s project-related financing and technical assistance efforts. Kate works with LISC staff, non-profit and for-profit community developers, and public partners to build relationships and effectively guide projects through the development process from feasibility to completion.  Kate has been a program lead for several higher profile lending activities, including the Corridors of Opportunity loan fund. She brings a wealth of experience having previously worked for City Pages and has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

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Alyssa Tetrault, Administrative Assistant

Alyssa joined LISC in 2012 and provides office management and key administrative support to the Twin Cities LISC office. Prior to joining LISC, Alyssa worked at the Hamline School of Business assisting the Assistant Dean of Administration as well as 100 faculty members.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business and Spanish from Concordia College, Moorhead. Alyssa has lived in Mexico City where she worked for the American Chamber of Commerce.

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Affiliate Staff

Jim Steiner, National Equity Fund Consultant, (651) 265-2288