A former county official is taking the helm at LISC Milwaukee with plans to expand economic development investments, especially those that address the racial wealth gap, and fuel COVID-19 relief and recovery. “We can bridge the gaps in health and wealth that affect so many in our city,” said Theodore Lipscomb, the new LISC Milwaukee executive director, "and catalyze opportunities for all our neighbors to thrive.”
LISC has named a top national economic development leader to grow its Rural LISC investment efforts and help fuel the LISC Rural Promise. Caitlin Cain is a Fulbright Scholar and former CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Her experience and skills "are needed now more than ever,” said LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones, "as our rural communities look for new ways to attract jobs, improve health and support sustained growth in the midst of Covid-19 and economic recession.”
LISC has named Kristen Baker, long-time deputy director of LISC Greater Cincinnati, as executive director of the regional program office. She replaces the retiring Kathy Schwab. According to LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones, Baker will help "expand our investments in affordable housing and small businesses, advance programs that prepare people for living wage jobs, and deepen community engagement on issues ranging from health and racial equity to education and economic development.”
LISC has tapped Valerie White, a senior official with New York state’s economic development agency, to be the new executive director of LISC NYC. “Valerie is a remarkable individual who understands how to fully engage the public, private and philanthropic sectors in ways that catalyze opportunity for our communities,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO.
LISC has named the highly regarded San Francisco community leader, Cindy Wu, as the new executive director of LISC Bay Area. Wu most recently served as deputy director of the Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) and in 2018 she won a LISC Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship to study neighborhood-based approaches that mitigate displacement amid gentrification. Wu will bring her expertise to LISC to oversee local programs and investments related to affordable housing, economic development, health, community safety and jobs.