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Rubinger Community Fellowship

The Rubinger Community Fellowship:

  • Invests directly in local change makers across America; 
  • Supports innovative solutions within community development; 
  • Champions diverse nonprofit leadership. 

Each of LISC's 2020 fellows has shown a unique commitment to the community development field.

The fellowship is named in honor of Michael Rubinger, LISC’s former CEO, who pioneered new ways to revitalize communities throughout his 40-year career.

LISC awarded $40,000 to each fellow to support a special project that addresses critical challenges in rural and urban America — from economic development and financial literacy to affordable housing and community engagement. Their overarching goal is to develop innovative solutions that improve the quality of life for people and places, and connect them to the broader economy.

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2020 Fellows

April Jones-Boyle
Build Institute; Detroit, MI

Veralisa Hunter
Covenant Community Capital; Houston, TX

Eric Anthony Johnson
City of Bloomington; Bloomington, MN

Aviva Kapust
Village of Arts and Humanities; Philadelphia, PA

Mei Lum
W.O.W Project; New York, NY

Assata-Nicole Richards
Sankofa Research Institute/Emancipation Economic Development Council; Houston, TX

Cherie Ong
Good Places; Atlanta, GA

Syrita Steib
Operation Restoration; New Orleans, LA 

Charnette Trimble
Grandmama’s House; Atlanta, GA

Ryan Watley
Go Forward Pine Bluff; Pine Bluff, AR

They come from all corners of the country, and all share a deep commitment to helping their communities thrive. Meet the 2020 class of the Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship. 

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Margaret Lareau, Program Manager

Leadership support provided by Lisa & Dick Cashin and Robert E. Rubin.