- Who We Are
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A Kansas City native, Geoff joined the LISC team in September 2019 as the Executive Director. He is a seasoned policy expert with strong community connections, having spent more than 13 years as the District Director and General Counsel for U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, who represents Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District. In addition to his public policy leadership, Geoff spent more than a decade as a Kansas City firefighter and EMT. He continues to serve as a Rescue Specialist on a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team, having responded to multiple natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and an EF-5 tornado in Joplin, MO. Geoff’s most unique experience was spending six months in Antarctica as a contract firefighter at McMurdo Station, a U.S. National Science Foundation research hub. Geoff is married to a Kansas City public school teacher and has two young daughters who both attend Kansas City Public Schools. Their family resides in a century-old home in the Historic Northeast neighborhood. Contact Geoff.
Devoted to improving the financial lives of low-income individuals in Kansas City, Trese oversees LISC’s work in family income and wealth building. She’s by far the most fashionable member of the LISC team, and is usually on-the-go helping to strengthen Financial Opportunity Centers throughout the community. In addition, Trese leads LISC’s national talent and employee engagement efforts. Before LISC, Trese spent 10 years banking. She transitioned to the non-profit industry by way of Equipping Minds for Financial Stability, an organization that she founded and lead, and the Health Forward Foundation. Her passion is empowering underserved communities and her strengths are strategic planning and implementation, stewarding key partnerships, community engagement, program planning, and measuring impact. Trese received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and certifications in Parent Leadership and Financial Coaching. Ask Trese about her big family and passion for DIY projects. Contact Trese.
Abigail is a passionate, experienced, slightly potty-mouthed nonprofit administrator, and let’s be honest – she’s the glue that keeps our LISC office together. Her past experience has allowed her to lead and participate in nonprofit planning, fundraising, organizing, promoting and coordinating international medical relief efforts and volunteer-led events. She is able to take a vision and execute direction and can Tweet with the best of them. Ask Abigail about her eclectic Hyde Park home or her international travels providing medical care to underserved communities throughout the world. Contact Abigail.
Kelli joins the LISC team as an Assistant Program Officer. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Emporia State University and a master's in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, and has experience in disability advocacy. Though she grew up in Kansas City, Kelli lived in Dallas for almost a decade, working in corporate account management and program management. Before joining LISC, Kelli was a Program Manager with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, focusing on issue resolution, data analysis, and goal attainment. Ask Kelli about her ever changing collection of brightly colored glasses or her love of horror movies. Contact Kelli.
A recent transplant to Kansas City, Ben is our resident Excel guru and brings over ten years of public policy experience with a focus on finance and budgeting. In addition to his talents in photography and cooking, he holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School of Public Policy at Ohio State University. Prior to joining LISC, Ben worked for the City of Columbus, Ohio as a budget analyst where he helped prepare and manage the city’s annual budget. Ask Ben about his puppy Barnaby or his favorite Cleveland sports teams, the Cavaliers and Indians. Contact Ben.
Daniel serves as the primary coordinator, strategist, and advocate for KC-CUR. He works with business and property owners, residents and community development organizations to advance redevelopment plans and guiding principles in each of the four target areas. Growing up in Kansas City, Kansas, Daniel Serda became a city kid and urban explorer for life. Before joining LISC, he led an urban design consulting practice serving public, non-profit and private development clients. He has a strong research background, built over more than a dozen years in academia, but is passionate about diverse neighborhoods, thriving business districts, and the preservation and adaptive reuse of older buildings. Daniel has served on the boards of several local nonprofits and community organizations, and currently chairs the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners. When he’s not busy analyzing spreadsheets, designing maps or leading community meetings, he enjoys biking, photography and relaxing with his wife and their four kids. Contact Daniel.
Amanda is our local expert on crime & safety, capacity building, and housing policy. Past experience includes serving as Program Manager for Community Capital Fund and AltCap, serving as Assistant Public Involvement Specialist at Burns & McDonnell, along with several other community-based planning and managing positions. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University. Some of Amanda’s fondest memories are from summers at girl scout camp, college road trips, and her time working for conservation-focused nonprofits and AmeriCorps in Portland, Oregon. She currently serves as a co-chair for her neighborhood’s crime and safety committee in the Historic Northeast (KCMO) and as the co-chair for Urban Neighborhood Initiative’s Promoting Equitable Neighborhoods Work Group. Ask Amanda about her 1914 home she’s currently renovating and why you should preserve your old plaster walls and historic windows. Contact Amanda.
Ben Peyton, Amanda Wilson, Ina Anderson & Geoff Jolley
in Philadelphia at the #OneLISC staff meeing.