Center for Community Investment Leadership Development Program Announces 16 Fellows Focused on Resilient and Equitable Communities

16 Professionals Earn Their Places Leading Systems Change in Community Investment

Washington, DC, June 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is pleased to announce the selection of its fourth cohort of Fulcrum Scholars. These 16 dynamic changemakers will participate in a 15-month action learning program that aims to help leaders create meaningful systemic change through collaboration across silos and sectors. They will also join a network of leaders committed to advancing racial equity and helping disengaged communities achieve their environmental, social and economic priorities.

This year’s fellows span the country, from Vermont to California and Florida to Minnesota, using their work in housing, creative place-making, philanthropy, and economic and community development to spark more resilient and equitable communities. . During the hands-on, intensive fellowship, fellows will participate in six multi-day seminars and receive regular coaching and support from staff while developing their knowledge and skills in community investment, racial equity, and leadership. adaptive. Each fellow will also pursue a meaningful effort in their community that will leverage investment capital to succeed and has the potential to change the way the community organizes and deploys community investment.

“The COVID-19 crisis has made visible the inequalities that have long plagued our country. As we slowly emerge from the pandemic and face new economic challenges, leaders have a critical opportunity to develop and deploy the community investments and systems change strategies needed to achieve more equitable outcomes. These outstanding Fulcrum Scholars will develop their skills in adaptive leadership and community investment and deepen their understanding of racial equity and CCI’s capital absorption framework,” said CCI Chief Executive Robin Hacke. “We are incredibly excited to announce this cohort and help them tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our communities.”

The 16 scholarship recipients are:

Shanti Abedin
Director, Shared Value Housing
NeighborWorks America
washington d.c.

Tara Agrawal
Director of Community Investment
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Oji Alexander
Executive Director
Handmade House Inc.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mileyka Burgos-Flores
Executive Director
The Allapatah Collaborative CDC
Miami, Florida

Rebecca Cordes Chan
Executive Director
Rail Park Friends
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jorge Damien de la Paz
Senior Strategist for Government Innovation in the Mayor’s Office
Miami Dade County
Miami, Florida

Eliisa Frazier
Director, Racial Equity and Impact Lending
Low income investment funds
New York, New York

Jaime Gloshay
Co-director and co-founder
Indigenous Women’s Leader
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Keisha Gonzalez
Program Director, Economic and Community Development and Social Impact Investing
Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio

Lyrical Kelkar
Policy Director
Inclusive action for the city
Los Angeles, California

Seth Leonard
Director General of Community Development
Vermont Housing Agency
Burlington, Vermont

Maggie Parker
Managing partner
Innovative Districts
Dallas, TX

Ryan Priest
Program Officer, Chicago Commitment Team
MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, Ill.

Roberto Requejo
Executive Director
Chicago Raised
Chicago, Ill.

Marcq Sung
Senior Program Officer
McKnight Foundation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sasha Werblin
Senior Program Officer
Oakland, California

The Fulcrum Fellowship is one of CCI’s many programs aimed at ensuring that all communities have the capital they need to thrive. To learn more about CCI’s Fulcrum Fellowship, this new cohort, and our first three cohorts of fellows, visit



The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy works to ensure that all communities, especially those who have suffered from structural racism and policies that have isolated them economically and socially, can unlock the capital they need to thrive. Our work is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co and the California Endowment. | @C4CInvest

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve the quality of life through effective land use, taxation, and management. A private, nonprofit operating foundation, the Lincoln Institute researches and advocates creative approaches to the earth as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. | @landpolicy

CONTACT: Janelle Julien Center for Community Investment 2404630578 [email protected]

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