Our Initiatives

Team

Bill Taft, Senior Vice President of Economic Development

Bill leads the expansion of LISC’s inclusive economic development efforts in its 33+ local programs by investing in people, places, and businesses. Bill has been with LISC since 2005, initially serving as LISC Indianapolis’ Executive Director, later as Program Vice President, and now as Senior Vice President for Economic Development. Under Bill’s leadership, LISC Indianapolis invested over $240 million to leverage $1 billion of investment in the core urban neighborhoods of Indianapolis. Prior to that, Bill was President of Southeast Neighborhood Development, Inc. (SEND) for 14 years, overseeing the early phases of revitalizing the Fountain Square area of Indianapolis. Bill holds an undergraduate degree from Cedarville University and a master’s from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning.

 

Seung Kim, Vice President, Family Income and Wealth Building

Seung helps LISC offices throughout the country design and establish Financial Opportunity Centers. She also leads her team to implement and test innovative initiatives such as Bridges to Career Opportunities, with a strong focus on outcomes measurement. Prior to joining our national staff in 2012, Seung was a consultant for LISC Chicago’s Centers for Working Families and worked with the national office on FOCs. Seung was also a VP of fixed income analytics for ANB Financial Group, an analytics associate for Performance Trust Companies and a financial coach. She has a bachelor’s from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

 

Elizabeth Demetriou, AICP, Director of Economic Development

Elizabeth supports initiatives that contribute to the revival of disinvested business districts and advance inclusive economic development.  Prior to joining LISC, Elizabeth was Deputy Director of the NYC Regional Economic Development Council at Empire State Development Corporation (ESD). The council was created to develop a long-term strategic plan for the region and implement a community based, bottom up approach to redefine the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth. She held several positions at the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC), contracted by the City of NY to manage the SW Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone, before joining ESD ending her tenure as Deputy Director.  A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), she has a Master’s of Urban Planning from Hunter College (CUNY) and is on the board of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance.

 

Lynne McCormack, Director of Creative Placemaking

As head of the creative placemaking program, Lynne, an artist by training, oversees LISC’s many projects that bring arts and culture into the work of comprehensive community development. Before joining LISC, Lynne served as the director of Art, Culture and Tourism for the city of Providence. For over thirty years, she has worked at the intersection of arts and community, forging partnerships that brought grants, festivals, employment opportunities and increased funding for arts-based development to the city. Lynne holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

Rachel McIntosh, Senior Opportunity Investment Officer

Rachel works to integrate economic development programming with financial investments, helping to coordinate field services, program design and capacity building across LISC’s district, talent, and business development strategies.  With over twenty years of experience in comprehensive community economic development, Rachel has served in a variety of cross-sector roles encompassing financial services, philanthropy and impact investing. Rachel holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University.  

 

Rebecca Chan, Program Officer, Economic Development

Rebecca helps LISC partners across the country leverage arts, culture, and the creative economy to achieve community development outcomes. Before joining LISC in 2016, Rebecca was a fellow at Reinvestment Fund and served as a program officer for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Rebecca was also Program Director for Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District, where she worked with artists, residents, businesses, and anchor institutions to deploy a place-based revitalization strategy utilizing arts and culture as an organizing tool. Rebecca has been recognized as a Funders Network PLACES Fellow (2018), and a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (2015). She received her MS from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, and a BA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

Marielle Saunders, Program Assistant, Economic Development

Marielle helps coordinate the integration and expansion of LISC’s economic development programs. Prior to joining LISC, Marielle served in the AmeriCorps VISTA program as a Business Development Associate with Ascend Indiana. There she worked with regional employers to determine their hiring needs, managed the creation of a 15-video interview series on career readiness, and contributed to Ascend’s labor market research. She also worked as a Research Aide at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, assessing the safety of walking and biking in College Station and Austin, Texas. Marielle received a BA in History from the University of Michigan, with minors in Urban Studies and Sustainability.