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Peter McLaughlin, Executive Director

Peter McLaughlin joined LISC as Executive Director in 2019.  

Peter served 28 years on the county board and while representing South and Southeast Minneapolis, McLaughlin helped lead a range of important efforts, including expansion of the region’s transit network, transit-oriented development along emerging light rail lines and community reinvestment programs that spurred new businesses and jobs.  His work on multiple community partnerships in the Phillips and Cedar-Riverside Neighborhoods and along the Midtown Greenway were a signature part of his work.

McLaughlin also spent six years as a state representative, leading passage of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, authoring Minnesota’s first parental leave law, working closely with the Jobs Now Coalition, and advocating for progressive tax policies, including those that helped support affordable housing.  In addition to his many professional accomplishments, McLaughlin has volunteered his time with organizations across the city, including as a board member of Powderhorn Residents Group, Centro Cultural Chicano and NACDI.

McLaughlin has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s from the Humphrey School of the University of Minnesota.

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Jouapag Lee, Assistant Program Officer: Financial Opportunity Centers & Bridges to Career Opportunities

Jouapag leads LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center and Bridges to Career Opportunities programming, supports our economic development work, and assists with local grants management.  Prior to LISC, Jouapag was at the Wilder Foundation, where she led strategic planning and implementation through the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood initiative as a Program Manager. She was named as a Kingston Fellow with Wilder, and previously worked with the Minnesota Pollution control agency and the Hmong American Partnership.  She holds a BA from Winona State University and has a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.

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Amy McCulloch, Deputy Director: Real Estate & Economic Development

Amy joined LISC in 2013 with primary responsibility for real estate lending and in 2015, she became Deputy Director, helping lead TC LISC’s programmatic initiatives. Amy works with LISC staff, community, and public partners to build relationships and align LISC investments to maximize benefits for both neighborhoods and individuals. Amy brings 20 years of community development experience to LISC, including more than ten years at Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) where she was Vice President, Programs. Prior to GMHF, Amy was at the Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency for nine years, where she held the position of Senior Housing Finance Analyst. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon, is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

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Gretchen Nicholls, Program Officer: CDI, Big Picture Project, TOD

Gretchen focuses on our suburban and regional work, transit-oriented development, and manages the Corridor Development Initiative (CDI). CDI is a national award winning interactive planning process that engages community members in guiding redevelopment along transit corridors and opportunity sites. Gretchen is working region-wide to support important equitable redevelopment opportunities through CDI, the Accelerator, and Big Picture Project projects, in coordination with local governments and community partners. She also supports peer-to-peer learning and collaboration in our Central Corridor and Hopkins/Blake Road focus areas. Gretchen formerly led the CDI as the Executive Director of the Center for Neighborhoods, a nonprofit that served the region as an incubator of innovation at the neighborhood level. Gretchen also teaches an urban studies course at the University of Minnesota on community-based organizations and has served on the boards of numerous neighborhood organizations and community development organizations. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.

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Orissa Ramnarine, Program Assistant

Orissa Ramnarine has joined us as Program Assistant. Orissa will work closely with the Executive Director and other staff to ensure that financial and grant management is timely and accurate and programs are administered smoothly and effectively. She will also be providing administrative support. Orissa joins LISC from the Center for Victims of Torture, an NGO headquartered in St. Paul, MN. She worked as a Grants Accountant, a role where she gained experience in financial grants management. Orissa has managed federal U.S State Department grants, USAID grants, UN grants, EU grants, and various foundation grants. She also volunteers every tax season with the local non-profit Prepare + Prosper, where she serves as an Intake Specialist helping to guide clients through the intake forms and documentation they need to get their taxes prepared. A Twin Cities native, Orissa is originally from Bloomington, MN and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Accountancy at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. When Orissa isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

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Jamie Schumacher, Associate Program Officer of Creative Placemaking and Lending

Jamie Schumacher joins LISC Twin Cities as Assistant Program Officer, Creative Placemaking & Lending, from the West Bank Business Association (WBBA), a nonprofit organization that serves the West Bank / Cedar-Riverside community of Minneapolis. The area is one of Minneapolis’ key Cultural Districts, and Jamie has been an active participant in the LISC’s Creative Placemaking program for nearing a decade. Her role at LISC will be to oversee the Twin Cities’ creative placemaking program and cultural districts, as well as work closely with the team to support lending activities. Originally from Southern California, Jamie moved to Minnesota in 2003 to join the Twin Cities creative community. She served as an organizer in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and as a consultant to a variety of nonprofits, developing a specialty in helping organizations and communities going through transitions. Jamie is also a writer and an artist, and her work and passion lay at the intersection of art, culture, and economic development. More about Jamie’s creative placemaking and written work can be found on her site at and an article was published in the Minnesota Daily about her work in Cedar-Riverside and transition to Twin Cities LISC:

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Kate Speed, Program Officer: Lending & Project Technical Assistance

Kate joined LISC in 2005 and effectively implements LISC’s project-related financing and technical assistance efforts. Kate works with LISC staff, non-profit and for-profit community developers, and public partners to build relationships and effectively guide projects through the development process from feasibility to completion.  Kate has been a program lead for several higher profile lending activities, including the Corridors of Opportunity loan fund. She brings a wealth of experience having previously worked for City Pages and has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

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Affiliate Staff

Jim Steiner, National Equity Fund Consultant, (651) 265-2288