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As the Detroit Deputy Director, Lysa will oversee the day to day management of the office operations and programmatic support. Her work will include assisting the Executive Director to develop and maintain Detroit’s robust programs and implement the office’s strategic growth initiatives. Lysa’s role will strengthen the LISC public partnership with the City of Detroit and assist with the coordination of the $125 Million Affordable Housing Leverage Fund (AHLF) with the internal LISC teams. Feel free to reach out and contact her directly with any questions about the Affordable Housing Leverage Fund.
Lysa is joining LISC after serving two years as a consultant and the founding President of the Community-Up nonprofit with the social impact mission to eradicate poverty through systemic transformation within low-income communities. Lysa oversaw the fund development and program development work, and spearheaded the nationally recognized Community-Up Community Development Conference. For over fifteen years, Lysa has previously served as a Mortgage Manager and Community Reinvestment Officer with several banking institutions (Talmer, FirstMerit, Flagstar and Fifth Third Bank), pioneering affordable housing and economic development initiatives in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
She is most proud of her work that leveraged over $30 million in Department of Justice and Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis resources to create hundreds of units of affordable housing, real estate developments and provide home improvements to low-income communities.
As a native Detroiter, she graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Sociology. After being denied a home mortgage loan at the age of 23 with no explanation, she dedicated her life’s work to ensure that potential home-buyers can actualize their dream. Lysa currently resides in Detroit with her two daughters and Corey, their Maltipoo.