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Detroit LISC Local Advisory Board

Our Local Advisory Board comprises of top-tier professionals from industries ranging from banking, education and nonprofit organizations. The board provides strategic direction for investments in the Detroit market and holds Detroit LISC accountable for performance and outcomes.

Lee Smith, Chair of the Board
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Flagstar Bank


Anne Beck

Vice President for Administration and Finance
College of Creative Studies

James S. Bernacki

Senior Vice President
Comerica Bank


Melanca Clark

President and Chief Executive Officer
Hudson-Webber Foundation

Awenate Cobbina
Director of Business Affairs and Associate Counsel, Palace Sports & Entertainment
Executive Director, Detroit Pistons Foundation

Harvey Hollins III

Principal and Founder
Hollins Consulting, LLC

Burney Johnson

Deputy Director
Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Benjamin S. Kennedy

Managing Director of the American Cities Practice; Managing Director of the Detroit Program
The Kresge Foundation


Jason Paulateer
Senior Vice President & Market Manager
Fifth Third Bank


Ray Waters

President and Managing Director
Detroit Development Fund and Detroit Community Loan Fund



In Memoriam


C. David Campbell
McGregor Fund
Founding Detroit LISC Board Member, 1990-2014
Harold R. Varner
Varner & Associates
Founding Detroit LISC Board Member, 1990-2013