Our Initiatives


Stacey Rapp, Program Director

Stacey RappStacey manages all aspects of LISC’s AmeriCorps program, from ensuring high quality member service assignments and partner selection to managing LISC’s relationship with the Corporation for National and Community Service and other major funders. Stacey got hooked on LISC’s vision and mission in 1996 as an administrative assistant with the LISC Greater Newark office, where she discovered she had a passion for helping residents launch careers in community development through service with AmeriCorps. From Newark, Stacey moved to LISC headquarters to serve as the program officer and, ultimately, director for the AmeriCorps program. She holds a B.A. from the College of St. Rose and an M.B.A. in marketing from Rutgers.


Sarah Sturtevant, Senior Program Officer

With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Sarah has served the last 12 years as a community development practitioner, working for The Arlington, VA, County Office of Economic Development; Philadelphia LISC; NeighborWorks America; and now as a Senior Program Officer for the AmeriCorps Program, at LISC.

Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Economic Development, from Virginia Tech University. Prior to obtaining her Master’s Degree, Sarah worked on multiple political campaigns and notably served as Chief of Staff to political consultant, James Carville for five years. Throughout her career, Sarah has worked to better communities across the country by helping shape public policy at all levels of government, and through creating and managing programs to revitalize disinvested communities.

Sarah has also served on numerous boards including as a Mayoral appointee for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Police Advisory Commission, and as a Commission Member on the Alexandria, Virginia, Environmental Policy Commission.


Jessica Forrester, Program Officer

As a native of New York City, Jessica has dedicated her career to working with non-profit organizations in developing and implementing programming and creating opportunities for community development. She is passionate about creating social change in the city’s most underserved neighborhoods and make an impact on the lives of the people who live there. With nearly 15 years of experience, she has worked with grass roots organizations and religious entities in the New York City area to strengthen their ties with their surrounding communities and constituents.

Jessica received her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University.  Previously, Jessica worked at Episcopal Relief & Development and YWCA Brooklyn where she created and expanded programs that helped that has helped thousands of individuals both here and abroad.

In her spare time, Jessica volunteers as the Program Manager for a Girl’s Mentoring Program that empowers young women and girls across New York City and as a consultant to local grass roots nonprofits across the city.