Dedicated staff in the LISC family are steeped in the strategies and relationships that can make Opportunity Zones work in the way the tax legislation intended—by achieving the double bottom line of growing opportunity in communities, and turning profit on investment for impact.
George leads LISC’s multi-dimensional effort pursuing a range of high-impact investments that create jobs, fuel small businesses, revitalize commercial areas, improve housing, expand local incomes and make communities safer and stronger.
George previously served as co-founder and president of Sol System, a Washington, D.C.-based renewable energy investment firm. There, he worked closely with multinational banks, insurers and energy providers on innovative funds and financial structures, deploying more than $1 billion in tax equity, cash equity and debt over the last decade into renewable energy projects.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Ashton volunteers his time for a variety of Washington, D.C.-area organizations, including the Washington Jesuit Academy and the HERO Initiative, both focused on youth education; Community Ministries of Rockville, which addresses the housing and financial needs of homeless and formerly incarcerated people; and Grid Alternatives, a non-profit providing free solar installations to families in need and training workers from underserved areas to install those systems.
Ryan oversees real estate and business impact investments as well as fund design and structuring.
Karen is managing director of special initiatives at National Equity Fund Inc., where she is working on new programs, including Opportunity Zones, policy initiatives and an internal strategic plan.
Since joining NEF in 2000, Karen has capitalized on her extensive career in community development, first restructuring and streamlining NEF’s acquisition department and its procedures, and more recently contributing to the growth of investment opportunities for NEF’s proprietary investors.
Karen began her career as a project planner with the City of Chicago Department of Housing, followed by working as a housing development officer for the Illinois Housing Development Authority. While at Enterprise Social Investment Corporation, she was instrumental in assisting in the development of many state and local equity funds prior to moving to Banc One Community Development Corporation where she was the senior vice president of equity and lending.
Kevin Boes has served as the president and CEO of New Markets Support Company (NMSC) since January 2011.
He is responsible for the oversight and management of the company and has led the expansion of LISC's New Markets business to include syndication and Community Development Entitity services. Prior to his current role, Kevin served as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of National Equity Fund (NEF) and continues to support NEF’s work in an advisory role.
Prior to joining NEF, he founded Boes Consulting and serviced real estate clients, and worked at KPMG, LLP, in its real estate assurance and financial services consulting practices.