LISC National
About Us


Karen E. Kelleher, Executive Director

(617) 410-4333

Karen E. Kelleher brings more than 20 years of experience driving housing affordability and building strong, inclusive communities to her role as Executive Director of LISC Boston. 

Margaret Keaveny, Senior Program Officer, Lending and Investment

(617) 410-4340

Margaret Keaveny is responsible for LISC lending and investment to foster equitable and inclusive housing and comunity development initiatives, and technical assistance to support real estate development and enhance community capacity.

Karleen Porcena, Senior Program Officer, Economic Opportunity

(617) 410-4339

Karleen Porcena manages the expansion of all income, asset building, entrepreneurship, and neighborhood economic development activities. In addition, as the Massachusetts Kiva Advisor, Karleen ensures that entrepreneurs with barriers to accessing loans through traditional financial institutions are able to access no-interest capital for business needs.

Emily Jones, Program Officer, Green Retrofit Initiative

(617) 410-4336

Emily Jones is responsible for helping affordable housing owners understand energy use in their buildings, implement energy-saving measures, and incorporate clean energy technologies and healthy housing measures.

Tia Vice, Program Officer - Program Operations

(617) 410-4343

Tia Vice serves as the Program Officer - Program Operations for LIS Boston. Tia is responsible for strategiec communications and the management of LISC Boston's AmeriCorps Program.

Marilyn Sanchez, Office Manager

(617) 410-4338

Marilyn Sanchez provides operational support to staff. She serves on the board of the Alliance (Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism), a joint initiative launched by LISC Boston and MACDC.


Our Values

  • We believe it is possible to end the continuous cycle of poverty, and in our ability to move the needle in that direction.
  • We believe that community-based organizations are essential to community development work.
  • ​We recognize that the neighborhoods we serve are rich in assets, resources, knowledge, solutions, and leadership, and that our role is to support them in building on these strengths to achieve their goals.
  • We believe in inclusive community engagement in all the program and investment opportunities that we pursue and implement.
  • Innovation and data both drive our approach to community development.
  • We strive to achieve both quantitative and qualitative outcomes that positively impact our neighborhoods and help us ensure a more equitable city.
  • We believe in the value of partnership and collaboration, both among staff and between LISC Boston and external organizations, to achieve collective impact. We recognize that each of us brings a unique wisdom and creativity to our work.