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Who We Are

Staff

Kristen Baker, Executive Director

Kristen Baker is Executive Director of LISC Greater Cincinnati, providing strategic leadership to housing, economic development, and neighborhood investments.  Kristen joined LISC in 2011 and throughout her career with the organization she has worked to support equitable economic opportunity.  Her most important work at LISC is helping neighbors build community by connecting their vision to funding sources, technical assistance, and other neighborhood revitalization efforts.   Kristen has also led LISC efforts to build the capacity of community development corporations, provide technical assistance to a local network of centers for working families, manage a volunteer program that places key staff supports in neighborhoods, and manage key LISC financial investments. 

From early in her career, Kristen focused on community building in Greater Cincinnati by connecting people across the business, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Kristen brings nearly 20 years of experience working in Cincinnati’s non-profit community.  Kristen began her career at United Way of Greater Cincinnati, gaining an extensive background in outcomes-based measurement and program oversight. Kristen gained direct community organizing experience at the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington. She holds a BA in Sociology and Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. She is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s We Lead program, and is on the leadership team of All-In Cincinnati, a racial equity coalition. Kristen enjoys traveling and attending concerts with her husband and two children. Email Kristen.

Lisa F. Carson, Program Assistant

Lisa joined LISC in 2007 coming out of a two-year retirement from Anthem, Inc. In her current role, she handles all aspects of our HUD Section 4 funding which includes grant making, reporting and compliance.  She played a role in the quality of life plan in our newest community, the West End serving as staff to the Business Task Force.  She supports office staff with tracking compliance issues.  Lisa enjoys gardening, graphic editing and the NFL. Email Lisa.

Taren Kinebrew, Program Officer

Taren, Program Officer, joined LISC of Greater Cincinnati in 2020. Taren provides support to the Cincinnati Access Fund, our small business lending program focused on women and entrepreneurs of color. As an entrepreneur herself, Taren brings a wealth of expertise to our team. 

Taren is the Founder & CEO of Sweet Petit Desserts, a successful bakery in Cincinnati, OH. She is an U.S. Army Veteran and a visionary leader who opened her specialty bakery in 2008 by combining her 10+ years of corporate business experience with her love for baking. She is a 3rd generation baker who believes in pouring into the youth, through her Junior Baking Series, to provide them a platform to become future entrepreneurs. As an inspirational speaker, Taren also inspires women entrepreneurs to push past their FEAR to live their best life. Email Taren

 

Cali Khakoo, Program Officer

 Cali Khakoo, Program Officer, joined LISC of Greater Cincinnati in 2020, returning to the city from Upstate New York, where she worked in community development at the City of Syracuse. Cali works to support housing development and related initiatives at LISC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and previously served as an AmeriCorps member in school-based health in Cincinnati. Email Cali.