Kandis Williams recruited to lead LISC Cleveland and lead ambitious community investment program
CLEVELAND, 12 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has appointed a Ohio community leader to lead their community investment effort in Cleveland and increase its support for affordable housing, economic development, health, security and employment in the region.
Kandis williams, the new Executive Director of LISC Cleveland, brings over 25 years of community development finance experience to the work of LISC. She most recently held the position of Vice President of Economic Opportunities at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Inc., where she led programs focused on economic development, workforce development, and asset / wealth creation with a strong emphasis on racial equity and mobility economic.
Previously, she was Vice President of Community Development Lending with Citizens Bank, directing capital to affordable housing and community revitalization projects in Ohio and Western pennsylvania.
“We are delighted to intensify our work in Cleveland, which was among the first LISC local program sites decades ago, and we are grateful for the tremendous local leadership from Kandis guiding our efforts, ”said Lisa glover, Interim President and CEO of LISC.
Glover said LISC’s strategies are designed to address gaps in health, wealth and opportunity, especially those rooted in long histories of racial discrimination. Over the past 40 years, the national non-profit association has invested nearly $ 160 million in Cleveland and surrounding areas, but this is the first time LISC has operated a full-service local program office here since 2006.
“Cleveland has a vibrant community development ecosystem, and we look forward to working alongside residents and local leaders to help catalyze opportunities for families and communities, ”added Glover.
The Cleveland Foundation has provided a large grant to seed LISC’s restored local program office, and LISC is also working with other local funders, lenders and investors to build its capacity to fuel meaningful community impact. Williams will lead these efforts going forward, while hiring local staff and establishing new collaborations with nonprofits, business leaders and policy makers across town.
“Our city is rich in history and culture, with some of the country’s top organizations in education, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and the arts operating alongside a vibrant community of small businesses, ”Williams said. “We need to leverage and amplify our expertise and resources in community development not only to build on this economic infrastructure, but also to extend its benefits to all of our residents, creating equitable opportunities for people to thrive, whatever whatever their race, age, gender or zip. coded.”
While the role of Executive Director is a new role for Williams, it is nothing new for LISC. Earlier in her career, she served as a Program Officer in the LISC Toledo and LISC Detroit offices, working on a variety of mission-oriented grants and loans, as well as managing trade corridor revitalization programs and community safety. She was also vice-president of Village Capital Corporation, director of business development for Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation, and city planner with the Cleveland City Planning Commission.
Williams received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the Wooster College and his master’s degree in urban planning, design and development of Cleveland State University.
She devotes her time and expertise to various local efforts, including serving as a board member of the Shaker Heights Development Corporation, a member of the Levin College of Urban Affairs visiting committee in Cleveland State, and member of the executive committee / board of directors of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a funding alliance dedicated to equitable growth in Northeastern Ohio.
Williams can be reached at [email protected] starting on October 11.
With residents and partners, LISC forges communities of resilient and inclusive 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.
Colleen Mulcahy, for LISC
SOURCE Local Initiatives Support Company (LISC)