Our Initiatives


Seung Kim, Vice President

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.

Laura D'Alessandro, Senior Program Officer

Laura provides technical assistance and support to LISC’s network of over 75 Financial Opportunity Centers. Prior to coming to LISC, she worked with Helen Keller International and has a breadth of experience in program design, non-profit financing and grants management. Laura has a special interest in integrating asset building programs with workforce development initiatives and manages LISC’s Twin Accounts credit-building and savings program. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a master’s in public administration from New York University.

Terry Carroll Jr., Program Officer

Terry is a workforce development program officer who will provide technical assistance to the Financial Opportunity Centers and the Bridges to Career Opportunities networks. He will also work on employer engagement strategies. Terry comes to LISC from New York City’s Department of Small Business Services’ Department of Workforce Development where he managed a portion of the City’s Workforce Development Career Centers. He has broad experience in operations, strategy and performance management in the workforce development space. Terry holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Columbia University during which time he interned at LISC New York. A native of Seattle, he also has B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University.

Dana Emanuel, Program Officer

Dana is a Program Officer supporting FIWB’s workforce development efforts with a particular focus on its DOL Reentry grant. Dana comes to LISC after eight years at the Chicago-based organization New Moms, where she lead their workforce development program for young moms and their social enterprise, Bright Endeavors. Dana previously worked in marketing for the microfinance organization Oikocredit, Fair Trade chocolate company Divine Chocolate, and Whole Foods Market. Dana holds a BA from Northwestern University, and recently moved to Washington, DC with her husband.

Carolina Rendon, Program Officer 

Carolina Rendon, Program OfficerCarolina has eight years of experience working in non-profits, most recently in grants compliance and data management. She brings expertise in contracts compliance, data assurance and quality, data evaluation, and customer relationship management databases to her work with our Financial Stability team. Carolina is a long-time Chicago resident and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Candi Blake, Assistant Program Officer

Candi supports the Family Income and Wealth Building (FIWB) team by providing a range of grants management and compliance functions. She also assists with implementation and development of the FIWB program initiatives. Candi joins LISC after serving as Program Specialist for the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program. She also has over 5 years experience working in the nonprofit sector. Candi has a passion for community action and service. She holds both a Bachelor's of Arts and a Master's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Jackie Guzman,  Assistant Program Officer

Prior to joining the FIWB team, Jackie was both a data and research intern for the LISC Chicago office and the Adult Learners Programs and Services (ALPS) specialist at Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC, a Chicago FOC). Before that she served as a LISC AmeriCorps member facilitating digital literacy and employment services workshops for adult job seekers in Chicago. She is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received B.A. in Sociology from Southern CT State University.