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.
Earlier this month, LISC CEO and president Maurice A. Jones sat down with Caron Butler, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Mitch Landrieu for a timely discussion hosted by the NBA. The conversation focused on the social determinants of health, the racialized life expectancy gap and police brutality. During the virtual session, Jones said, “We cannot have racial reconciliation until we come together.”
LISC’s SVP of economic development Bill Taft, LISC LA executive director Tunua, Thrash-Ntuk and Hanna Love of Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program offer a concrete outline for how local organizations, stakeholders and policy makers can help spark economic vibrancy and inclusion in historically under-invested communities. Invoking the myriad causes of LA’s homelessness crisis, the blog for Brookings offers a multi-pronged place-based and people-centered approach that is forging authentic change in South LA, and in parts of Philadelphia and Indianapolis, too.
In a wide-ranging conversation with Nonprofit Quarterly, LISC COO Annie Donovan delves into LISC’s 40 years of connecting capital to disinvested places, and people to opportunity. From spearheading a “comprehensive” approach in community development, to elevating health and racial equity in its investments, to forging a $500M affordable housing fund for the Bay Area, LISC continually refines and augments its work. The commitment to truly upend inequalities demands intentional action, says Donovan, which has led LISC to take on “more capacity building, more support for advocacy. That is how you create systems change.”
Twenty years ago, J.F. Bryan IV, a Florida insurance executive with a deep-rooted commitment to his city’s communities, spearheaded a fundraising campaign that got LISC Jacksonville off the ground. The story of Bryan’s tenure as head of LISC Jax’s local advisory board shows what it takes to drive a successful LISC program—boundless dedication to creating opportunity, and an intimate knowledge of local places and the people who make them hum. Says Bryan, “Every neighborhood, regardless of how challenged, has human resources.”