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LISC announces 2021 Rubinger Fellows

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its work to address deep disparities in health, wealth and opportunity throughout the country, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named 10 winners of the Rubinger Community Fellowship, an annual program that invests in nonprofit talent and new ideas to spur growth.

LISC will award $40,000 to each of the fellows, who will spend the year developing programs and researching new ideas focused on a range of local issues like racial inequality, small business growth, affordable housing, and workforce development.

"Talent is the most powerful ingredient in community and economic development.  Our hope is to partner with these local leaders to catalyze new opportunities in the communities where they live and work while building models that can be replicated by others," said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. 

The new cohort of Rubinger Fellows includes:

Joseph Ceasar, executive director of the Legacy Institute for Financial Education, Lufkin, Texas 

Ana María Cintrón, executive director, Causa Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Branden DuPont, data analyst, Medical College of Wisconsin 

Michelle Johnson, founder, Institute for Public Scholarship, Kalamazoo, Mich. 

Dasha Kelly Hamilton, founder, Still Waters Collective, Milwaukee 

Donte Miller, co-founder and executive director, Village Microfund, Atlanta 

Liz Ogbu, founder and principal, Studio O, Oakland 

Harry Tapia, director of operations, HACE, Philadelphia  

Kelly Wofford, founder of Front Seat Life, Buffalo 

Sarah Yeung, founder, Sojourner Consulting, Philadelphia 

The Rubinger Fellowship program is named in honor of Michael Rubinger, LISC's long-time CEO, who pioneered new approaches to revitalizing communities throughout his 40-year career. He stepped down in 2016 after 17 years at the organization's helm.

"This impressive group of local leaders is pushing the boundaries of community development and focusing on issues that impact the quality of life for people throughout the country," said Rubinger. "Especially now, in a year with so many challenges, we need to leverage their talent to design and develop new approaches that can help tens of thousands of people improve their incomes, their health and their long-term outlook."

In addition to providing financial support to fellows, LISC also convenes the cohort three times a year to facilitate peer-to-peer learning experiences and provide leadership development training and additional program resources.

Support for the Rubinger Fellowship is provided by Lisa & Dick Cashin and LISC Chairman Robert E. Rubin, with additional support from Nancy and George Walker; Bank of America; Citi Foundation; Ford Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; State Farm; The Greater Milwaukee Community Foundation; and New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy.

About LISC

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America ? great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Since 1979, LISC has invested $22 billion to build or rehab more than 419,000 affordable homes and apartments and develop 70.3 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more, visit www.lisc.org.

Media Contact:
Colleen Mulcahy, for LISC
[email protected] 

SOURCE Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

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