Development Team

Beth Marcus, Senior Vice President for Resource Development

Beth MarcusBuilding on a 25-year career in community development and real estate finance, Beth leads LISC’s resource development strategy. She works closely with the President & CEO to mobilize philanthropic support for LISC's ongoing work and helps develop creative initiatives to attract new investors to community development. Beth has a B.A. from Hampshire College and a M.A. in City Planning from MIT. Despite having lost her southern accent on the streets of Boston and NYC, she is proud to hail from Atlanta.

Adiyah Ali, Development Officer

Adiyah has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on resource development, program management, and advocacy. In her Development Officer role, Adiyah focuses on cultivating relationships with major foundation and corporate donors and helping to expand private resources for LISC’s national programs and local offices. Prior to joining the national Development team, Adiyah managed LISC Washington, D.C.’s development and communication efforts, as well as its racial equity strategies. She has also worked for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Amnesty International, and consulted with the Social Innovation Fund.  Adiyah has a BA in International Relations from Roanoke College and a MPP from Pepperdine University. A Baltimore native, she lives in Columbia, MD with her husband, teenager, and toddler.

Ellen Har, Director of Development Strategy

Ellen focuses on new business development and partnerships supporting the growth of resources across LISC programs and affiliates. She leads on the use of data for more effective revenue generation and crafting strategies to support expansion and new opportunities. Ellen has worked for nearly 15 years in both the international and domestic nonprofit sectors, with a background in fundraising, grants management, program management, and capacity building. Ellen has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MPP from the University of Chicago.

Meghan Kyle-Miller, Director of Development Operations

Meghan has worked as a fundraiser for New York City-based nonprofits for nearly 15 years. At LISC, she coordinates the development of grant proposals, reports, presentations, and other materials to help renew grants and secure new funding. Meghan also stewards relationships with several major donors. Prior to joining LISC, she worked at nonprofits promoting literature and freedom of expression and taught English in Japan for two years. A graduate of Barnard College, Meghan lives in Brooklyn with her daughter, husband, and a very large cat. She’s an avid reader and enjoys working on art projects with her daughter.

Deborah Morant, Director of Corporate Partnerships

A strategic corporate philanthropy leader, Deborah uses skills honed in traditional media and community development to bring creativity and investment together to deliver social impact. She identifies and cultivates private foundations and corporate funders leading to new and creative resources and partnerships, catalyzing healthy and resilient communities of choice and opportunity throughout the country. Deborah’s leveraged a trend forecasting and journalism background to drive social action and to launch marquee properties like Martha Stewart Living, British ELLE Decoration, and Stylus.com. She moved to Bedford, NY from London with her family, and remains addicted to the BPL, Arsenal FC and her sons’ soccer sidelines at Columbia and Bowdoin. Deborah studied at the London School of Economics and the State University at Albany.

Rebekah Stratton Huber, Private Grants Database Analyst

Rebekah focuses on data integrity, reporting and systems optimization. Throughout her career she has worked in accounting and administration in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She holds a M.S. in Arts Administration and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Azusa Pacific University. Rebekah lives in Connecticut and enjoys hiking and gardening. She is also a recently certified yoga teacher.

Neide Tembe, Development and Communications Assistant

Maria FinesBorn and raised in Mozambique, Neide Tembe attended high school in South Africa and studied in France, Brazil, Argentina and Rome. Fluent in Portuguese (her native language), she also speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian. In her spare time, Neide enjoys playing the piano, a favorite hobby since the age of 7.

Dominique Williams, Development Officer

Dominique Williams brings five years of LISC field experience to the Development team, having led and supported community health and Financial Opportunity Centers efforts in LISC’s Chicago office. She has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits and government. A native Californian, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley and graduate degrees in Law and Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin. Dominique is an avid traveler and concert-goer and lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two daughters.