Our Stories

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.

6.23.2020 -

“Chaos Can Be a Ladder of Opportunity and Innovation”: Q&A with Patrick Duhaney

Patrick Duhaney, City Manager of Cincinnati and a LISC Emerging Leaders Council member, tells LISC Cincinnati ED Kristin Baker what it’s like to help run the city in the age of Covid-19. In the face of the economic downturn and sheltering in place, the strategies he and his team are implementing could be part of a blueprint for other organizations, and other crises.

Meeting the Moment for CDFIs

LISC COO Annie Donovan, who formerly led the federal CDFI Fund, reflects on four questions CDFIs should be asking themselves to affect greater racial and economic justice. “This is not a time for CDFIs to take cover behind our mission statements. This moment calls us all to deeper reckoning.”

6.08.2020 -

LISC Across the Country: Black Lives Matter

In the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police and the protests that have ensued all over America, executive directors from LISC's local offices have issued pained and impassioned calls to their communities: Each one of us is galvanizing our commitment to the work of upending racial injustice and to rebuilding a society where every life is sacred.

Our Communities Need a Marshall Plan

In his latest video message, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones reflects on the disproportionate health and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on underinvested communities and communities of color, and calls for a 21st-century Marshall Plan—intensive and broad investment that will both help people and enterprises recover, and redress the inequities that set the stage for the fallout of the current crisis.