LISC National
What We Do

Economic Development

LISC LA champions strategies that promote equity and economic inclusion in underserved neighborhoods across the County.

Our economic development initiatives aim to create opportunities for low-income people of color to participate in the economic growth of the region and build wealth within their communities.

To do this, we take a multi-pronged approach and invest in both the people and the places that make our neighborhoods great places to live, work, and play.

LISC LA supports the growth of small businesses and micro-enterprises by providing access to capital and developing an inclusive small business ecosystem that support a diverse range of entrepreneurs. Learn more about our innovative loan programs here.

We foster healthy thriving districts by shaping regional equitable economic development strategies and leveraging the economic strength of anchor institutions to create opportunities for local small businesses and entrepreneurs. Read more about our anchor institution initiative and strategic partnerships with the City of Long Beach and the City of LA’s Promise Zones here.

We connect low-income residents to living wage jobs by developing career pathways in the region’s key growth sectors. Learn more about our Financial Opportunity Centers and Bridges to Career Opportunities model here.


Emma Kloppenburg, Program Officer


Miranda Rodriguez, Assistant Program Officer