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Quency Phillips, Community Engagement Manager

Quency Phillips has been building brands and cultivating communities for nearly 20 years. Strong relationships and recognition for brand innovation in sports, entertainment, philanthropy and not-for-profits have shaped his career.  His transition to Silicon Valley began as a Strategic Consultant for regional affordable housing organizations and local jurisdictions, where his strategic innovation and operations skill set positioned him as a voice not only in the affordable housing conversation, but in education, art, nonprofit governance, and community and economic development.

A Social Good advocate, he is a proud member of the Board of Directors for three Bay Area and California organizations – SOMOS Mayfair, the Women's Foundation of California, and Redwood City Police Activities League. Currently, Q. leads the Community Engagement for the Bay's Future Fund, as well as various programs within Alameda County, City of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. E-mail Quency

Nina Marinkovich, Senior Program Officer

Nina recently joined the LISC Bay Area team as a Senior Program Officer and is excited to focus on supporting the growth of our affordable and supportive housing lending activities in the local market.  Prior to LISC, Nina worked for the City and County of San Francisco at theDepartment of Homelessness and Supportive Housing –a city agency created by Mayor Ed Lee in 2016 to coordinate all the city’s efforts to end homelessness-where she built a team responsible for creating new permanent supportive housing units in master leased properties, developing additional navigation center beds and service sites, and managing and preserving the department’s real estate portfolio.  Nina has also worked nationally for Fannie Mae on the Homelessness Initiative–a multi-year effort to use company resources to end homelessness –and for CSH as a loan underwriter and technical assistance provider after starting her career developing affordable housing projects at a community-based organization in East New York, Brooklyn.  She received her undergraduate degree in architecture from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute.  Nina grew up in the Bay Area and continues to be driven by her life-long belief that everyone needs and deserves a stable home.  

Laurel Engbretson, Program Officer

Laurel Engbretson joins LISC from the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, where she set up the organization’s impact management system and evaluated the impact of the Fund’s investments on displacement in San Francisco. A Bay Area native and lifelong resident, Laurel graduated with her MBA/MPP from the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College. She focused her studies on equitable development and impact finance, with internships at the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Oakland Mayor’s Office. Prior to graduate school, Laurel was a licensed realtor with Pacific Union. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Laurel serves on the board of HomeownershipSF as the chair of the Policy and Advocacy committee and is a mentor with the Oakland Promise. E-mail Laurel

Rudy Licea, Program Assistant

Rudy Licea has a diverse background in both the education and media sectors. He was previously a Front Office Coordinator for Herrero/Boldt, where he managed all aspects of the front office for the much anticipated Sutter Van Ness Campus and medical building in San Francisco.  Prior to Herrero/Boldt, Rudy was a Senior Program Coordinator for Golden Gate University School of Law, heading a small team that oversaw the law schools exam process.  He also lead the schools accommodated exams program and language accommodation program.   Before moving to San Francisco, Rudy has worked in the media industry for over seventeen years in both New York and Los Angeles.   E-mail Rudy