Our Stories

1.14.2020 -

Jane Ferrara is New Executive Director of LISC Virginia

LISC has named one of Richmond's leading voices on economic development to head its community investment efforts in central Virginia. Jane Ferrara, who most recently served as Richmond’s senior deputy director for economic development, will direct LISC’s local efforts to expand affordable housing, businesses and jobs as part of a comprehensive strategy to catalyze opportunity for residents.

Language and the Way We Think About Stigmatized Groups: Q&A with Esther Uduehi

LISC’s Emerging Leader Council member Esther Uduehi is a doctoral candidate at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where her research focuses on the language associated with stigmatized groups and marginalized communities. Uduehi recently sat down with LISC to discuss how nonprofits and practitioners can put her findings to use, and the need to create more conversations using person-centered language.

1.13.2020 -

NFL Foundation and LISC Partnership to Refurbish 14 Fields Across US

Grants totaling $3 million from the NFL Foundation and LISC’s Grassroots Field Grant Program will benefit 14 cities to build or refurbish neighborhood football fields. Since 1998, the program has provided nearly $61 million in support to create or refurbish 376 fields nationwide. This most recent round of funding will impact cities including Akron, Chicago, Flint and Tempe.

1.08.2020 -

Christine Morris Named ED of LISC Hampton Roads

LISC has tapped the former chief resilience officer for the city of Norfolk as executive director of its new full-service program office in Hampton Roads, Va. Christine Morris will kick off work this month to lead LISC’s local investments in affordable housing, businesses, health and jobs—all designed to expand economic opportunity for residents.

Community Wise Podcast: Pursuing the Impossible

Following the discussion of Play Ball Again, Maurice reflects on 2019, the year ahead and the goal we are all tasked with…to make the impossible possible. Thanks for another great year and we hope you will tune in in January!