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6.07.2019 -

The First Opportunity Zones Playbook is Here

We're excited to share the first installment of the LISC Opportunity Zones Playbook series, “Navigating the Opportunity Zones: Community Partners.” This playbook is geared to the people and organizations committed to community revitalization and shared prosperity for all residents. Enjoy and don't miss our new Opportunity Zones website

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Harnessing Native Hawaiian Knowledge for 21st-Century Challenges: Q&A with Lahela Williams

Few people in the world of community development got their start as early in life as Lahela Williams, a 2019 Rubinger Fellow who serves as the deputy director for Hawaiian Community Assets. Williams was barely a teen when she joined the board of her homestead association, a group that promoted safety, education and other quality-of-life issues for the Native community where she grew up on the island of O’ahu. That first job helped lay the foundation of a career dedicated to nurturing Hawaiian community leadership, as well as financial and personal empowerment for her fellow islanders.

“It Takes a Truly Comprehensive Effort”: Q&A with Annie Donovan, LISC’s New COO

As she steps into her new roll as COO for LISC, Annie Donovan, former head of the CDFI Fund, shares some reflections on the current promise—and challenges—of doing community investment, the origins of her personal commitment to service and creating equitable opportunity, and the reasons she decided to come to LISC.

5.28.2019 -

Building Asian American Futures, with Lessons from the Past

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are highlighting our 26-year partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center in Los Angeles. Since its founding in 1979, LTSC has been a stalwart anchor for residents of every background, providing social services, creating and safeguarding affordable housing, fueling small businesses and serving as a beacon of Japanese-American cultural heritage well beyond the city’s Little Tokyo neighborhood. All color photos courtesy Little Tokyo Service Center.

Maurice A. Jones On...The Color of Money

This month Mehrsa Baradaran, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives at the University of Georgia School of Law and author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap joins Imani Darden, Knowledge Management Program Officer and Maurice Jones in a conversation on the history of the racial wealth gap and its impact on economic prosperity for communities of color.