Camille Walker Banks takes charge of LISC Detroit

Ziegler Named Regional Vice President of LISC

Published: October 12, 2021 at 12:24 p.m. MDT|Update: November 3, 2021 at 11:04 a.m. MDT

DETROIT, November 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has appointed Camille Walker Banksa longtime Detroiter and seasoned economic development leader, as the new executive director of LISC Detroit.

Banks will lead the organization $15$20 million in annual community investments to fuel affordable housing, economic development, health, education, safety and jobs in underserved communities. LISC is particularly committed to efforts focused on racial equity, both in Detroit and nationally, as well as to support pandemic relief efforts for small businesses, housing providers, and community nonprofits.

Banks replace Tahirih Zieglerwho spent more than a decade as Executive Director and contributed to the growth of LISC in Detroit at $296 million in total grants, loans, and equity investments since 1990. Ziegler was promoted to vice president of the Midwest to help lead a cohort of LISC program offices throughout the region.

“LISC Detroit is one of LISC’s oldest and fastest growing program offices,” said Lisa Glover, Interim President and CEO of LISC. “We are fortunate not only to benefit from Tahirih’s insightful and experienced guidance for LISC’s local program offices across the heartland, but also to benefit from Camille’s tremendous experience in driving business revitalization and catalyzing new opportunities for residents,” she said.

Banks most recently served as Regional Executive Director for NPower, leading the expansion of the brooklynanti-poverty organization Michigan. She was also executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University and was a senior executive at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Previously, she was Supervisor of Economic Development for the City of Madison Heights; brand marketing manager at FCA America; and Engagement Management Team Leader for KPMG, LLP.

“Thoughtful place-based strategies can lay the foundation for better housing, education, health, safety and jobs across our city, especially when designed with and responsive to to the people who live, work and own businesses in our communities,” Banks says.

She highlighted LISC’s long history of partnership with a wide range of Detroit organizations, from local nonprofits and municipal agencies to philanthropy, business leaders and investors. “When it comes to closing the gaps in health, wealth and opportunity for Detroit residents, we need both urgency and patience – urgency to drive creative approaches and partnerships responsive, and patience to build on early wins so we can sustain progress and growth for many years to come. In other words, LISC is here for the long haul, and I’m so proud to help lead this work.”

In addition to her professional success, Banks has dedicated her time to various local organizations, including serving as chair of the board of the BUILD Institute and as a member of the board of directors of One Detroit Credit Union and the National Association. of Women Business Owners (Greater Strait). She was chair of the board of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of the Michigan Economic Development Association.

Banks holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Wayne State University.

“Camille has shown throughout her career that she believes in a Detroit where everyone has the chance to succeed, no matter where they live or where they come from,” said Ziegler. “She has a proven track record in building consensus, raising impact-focused capital, developing local leaders and managing community relations. We are thrilled that she has brought her talent to LISC and the communities in the city where we work.”

Banks can be reached at [email protected].

About LISC
Together with residents and partners, LISC is forging resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Since 1979, LISC has invested $24 billion to build or rehabilitate more than 436,320 affordable homes and apartments and develop 74.4 million square feet of commercial, community and educational space. To learn more, visit www.lisc.org.

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