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Ramon Jacobson joined LISC in 1998 and now serves as Executive Director. He manages LISC’s portfolio in the District of Columbia, and oversees all aspects of community development lending, including underwriting, structuring, loan closing, inspections, disbursements and repayment. Despite DC’s small population, DC LISC has been among the top investment sites of the 31 local programs across the nation. He has managed more than $250 million in CDFI investments – loans, grants, and tax credit equity – in every neighborhood in the District of Columbia. These investments in affordable homeownership, rental housing, commercial and retail properties, as well as community facilities helped to transform desperately poor neighborhoods, while preserving economic diversity in other neighborhoods undergoing broad gentrification.
Ramon began his career working in the notorious New York City shelter system of the 1980’s, developing programs to get single adults off the streets in the midst of a deadly cold snap. He helped consultants do the groundwork for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and worked with CSH in the Twin Cities. He also has worked as a consultant and researcher to health foundations where he studied preventable hospitalizations and the impact of primary care. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.