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.

Tina Homstad, Development Officer

Tina has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she managed LISC Twin Cities’ resource development and communications activities, as well as playing a key role in strategic planning and program management support. She has also worked at the Northside Home Fund and Habitat for Humanity. Tina has a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Concordia College and a MURP from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children and enjoys reading and exploring the area’s regional parks and trails.   

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.

Connie Lewin, Director of Individual Philanthropy

Connie Lewin has nearly 15 years of experience working at the intersection of non-profit, private sector, and philanthropic investments in support of creating lasting social and economic change. In her Director of Individual Philanthropy role, Connie focuses on creating a new area of support for LISC from high net worth individuals by soliciting and securing major gifts. Prior to joining the National Development team, Connie led the organizational and revenue growth at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). She has also worked in brand management at L’Occitane en Provence and managed development and communications at a youth development organization based in NYC. Connie has a BA from Princeton University and a MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. She is a New York City native and enjoys exploring all that NYC has to offer when it comes to culture and live music.

Dan McConvey, Development Officer

Dan McConvey has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, focusing on community development, fundraising, and program management. In his development role, he works to expand private resources for national programs and local offices. Before coming to LISC, he worked for various nonprofits and foundations across Boston and New England, initially arriving in Boston to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Dan has a BA from SUNY Geneseo and an MPP and MBA from the Heller School at Brandeis University, during which he was placed at LISC Boston’s office as an Eli J. Segal graduate fellow. He grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and now lives in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC with his partner and their ridiculous hairless cat.

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.

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.