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Building Entrepreneurs and Equity in the Age of Covid: A Roundtable

A roundtable discussion with LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and Verizon’s Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Rose Stuckey Kirk, moderated by LISC board member and UVA business professor Greg Fairchild, delves into what it will take to get to economic equity for our country.

LISC & Kaiser Permanente to Invest $60M to Fuel Businesses, Jobs & Health

In his latest message, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones lays out the kinds of holistic investment that a multi-faceted $60 million partnership with Kaiser Permanente will help make possible. "An America where ZIP code, more than any other factor, determines a person’s prospects in life is not sustainable," argues Jones. "For our communities to recover from COVID-19 and set out on a path toward equitable growth, we must make investments that break down barriers and create opportunities that are open to all."

LISC CEO to NYT: Leverage Community Development System to Narrow Inequality

In a letter to the editor of the New York Times responding to a David Brooks column on reparations to African Americans, LISC's CEO describes how CDFIs and community-led development projects are a ready-made strategy for building equitable prosperity across the country. What's needed now is intensive public and private investment to make it work.

Closing the Racial Opportunity Gap is Within America’s Grasp. So Let’s Do It.

For the nation to be competitive, we must pursue economic justice and close the racial wealth gap, write LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and board chair Robert E. Rubin in an op-ed for The Hill. They lay out concrete bipartisan steps that government can take today to lift millions of Americans out of poverty and promote an equitable economic recovery.

Maurice A. Jones in the WSJ: Getting PPP to the Communities That Need it Most

LISC's CEO Maurice A. Jones is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on the challenges of ensuring PPP loans are accessible to entrepreneurs of color and those in underinvested communities. Data is a key to understanding who's benefiting, says Jones, and LISC's PPP program has targeted underserved borrowers who may not have traditional banking relationships.