Our Initiatives


Matt Josephs, Senior Vice President

Matt manages the team that responsible for developing LISC’s federal policy agenda; communicating this agenda to LISC employees, board members, funders, and other stakeholders; and pursuing this agenda through engagement with members of Congress and other federal officials. Before coming to LISC in 2012, Matt worked for 13 years at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, where he coordinated policy development and implementation. He holds a B.A. from Emory University, and a M.P.P. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Nicole Barcliff, Policy Director

Nicole advocates for federal policies that provide support to several LISC national programs including: AmeriCorps, Safety, Charter School Funding, Early Childhood Facilities and Financial Stability. Prior to joining LISC, Nicole worked in government relations at the Pew Charitable Trusts. She began her career as a staffer in the office of Congressman Robert Brady. Nicole graduated from Temple University with a degree in psychology and African American studies, and is a proud native of Newark, NJ.

Tanya Chin Ross, Policy Director, Advocacy

Tanya directs grassroots advocacy campaigns to promote LISC’s policy agenda; develops advocacy tools for LISC’s local office network and Rural LISC members; and develops policy communications tools. Before LISC, she spent 12 years at Safe Kids Worldwide, a child safety non-profit. Previously, she was at the Center for Women Policy Studies; a Washington, D.C. consulting firm; and the New York State Assembly. She has a B.A. from Syracuse University and a M.P.A. in policy analysis from American University.

Mark Kudlowitz, Policy Director

mark kudlowitzMark advocates for federal policies which support multiple LISC national programs, including: Affordable Housing, Rural Development, and Transit Oriented Development. Before LISC, Mark worked as the Policy Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs and also worked for over seven years at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mark managed affordable housing and community development programs at the District of Columbia’s Department of Housing and Community Development and held multiple positions at the Housing Assistance Council, a national rural affordable housing organization. Mark earned his B.A. from the University of Florida and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan.

Natalie Rogers, Policy Assistant

Natalie aides the policy team in advancing LISC’s policy goals. Her duties include aiding in the execution of advocacy campaigns, supporting the policy team’s efforts in Congress and the Administration, and coordinating annual Congressional meetings for LISC’s executive directors. Prior to joining LISC, Natalie worked as a Junior Policy Associate at the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan. She has a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University.