Financial Stability Contacts
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Financial Stability Contacts

Financial Stability Contacts

Seung Kim, VP Family Income and Wealth Building

As the Vice President of LISC’s Economic Development Programs, Seung leads the strategy and expansion of LISC’s national workforce and asset building initiatives, and supports the operations and development of LISC’s growing network of business development organizations.  Under her leadership, LISC has employed a community-focused and data-driven approach to pilot, test, and scale promising programs. Prior to joining our national staff in 2012, Seung was a consultant for LISC Chicago’s Centers for Working Families and worked with the national office on FOCs. Seung was also a VP of fixed income analytics for ANB Financial Group, an analytics associate for Performance Trust Companies and a financial coach. She has a bachelor’s from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Laura D’Alessandro, Director of Financial Health

Laura is the Director of Financial Health where she supports LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® and Bridges to Career Opportunities network. Laura manages the department’s wealth building strategies, including access to safe and affordable financial products, building short- and long-term savings, and creating opportunities for credit-building most notably through the LISC Twin Accounts™ product.  Prior to joining LISC, Laura worked at Helen Keller International and has a breadth of experience in program design, non-profit capacity-building and grants management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s in public administration from New York University and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Katrin Sirje KärkDirector of Workforce Innovations

Katrin supports LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® and Bridges to Career Opportunities network, with a focus on program sustainability and innovations including employer partnership development, retention and advancement, digital skilling, and FOCs’ role in creating pathways to homeownership.  After starting her career in communications at PolicyLink, she joined LISC to help grow the FOC and Bridges models, then launched a $32M financial capability grant program at NeighborWorks America, and spent time in Rural LISC collaborating with local partners to expand workforce and asset building innovations in rural America before rejoining LISC’s national team in 2019.  Katrin earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master's degree in public administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College-City University of New York.  She also holds Economic Development Financial Professional and Housing Development Finance Professional certifications from National Development Council and was a 2018 Opportunity Fellow with Opportunity Finance Network.

Carolina Rendon, Senior Program Officer

Carolina has over 12 years of experience working in nonprofit in the Chicago area, including in grants management, data evaluation, contract regulations, fiscal management, programmatic design, and CRM administration. Carolina supports multiple LISC national programs including the Financial Opportunity Center® (FOC) Network, Business Development Center (BDO) Network, and the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund (EOCF) as the Salesforce System Administrator managing over 750 users.  In addition, Carolina provides the FOC network with technical assistance and model implementation support. Carolina holds a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in finance and management and is a Certified Salesforce Administrator. 

Jacqueline Guzmán, Program Officer

Prior to joining the FIWB team, Jackie was both a data and research intern for the LISC Chicago office and the Adult Learners Programs and Services (ALPS) specialist at Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC, a Chicago FOC). Before that she served as a LISC AmeriCorps member facilitating digital literacy and employment services workshops for adult job seekers in Chicago. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Southern CT State University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago. Jackie supports the data efforts of the team as well as grant management and compliance.

Lorena Avillaneda, Assistant Program Officer

Lorena Avillaneda is a Houston native with over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She co-manages two Salesforce platforms for LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® (FOC), BDO, and EOCF networks by providing ongoing system maintenance, customizations, custom reports & dashboards, and any other program data needs. In addition to this, she facilitates virtual trainings and provides technical assistance to users. Before LISC, Lorena worked at a former Financial Opportunity Center® in Houston where she held roles as a Career Coach, Executive Assistant, and Program Support Specialist while acting as the back-up Salesforce Administrator for the agency-wide platform. Lorena earned a Bachelor of Science in human development and family studies from the University of Houston with a credential as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP).

Candi Blake, Program Officer

Candi supports the Family Income and Wealth Building (FIWB) team by providing a range of grants management and compliance functions. She also assists with development and implementation of the FIWB program initiatives. Candi joins LISC after serving as Program Specialist for the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program. She also has over 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Candi has a passion for community action and service. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University.

Julia BrownProgram Officer

Julia provides technical assistance, grants management and program support to LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® and Bridges to Career Opportunities networks, with a focus on workforce development. Julia has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit and corporate responsibility, including program and grant management, capacity building and cross-sector partnerships. Julia joined LISC from the Corporate Social Responsibility team at Prudential Financial where she led pro bono capacity building programs that connected employee talent to nonprofit organizations and small businesses.  Prior to Prudential, Julia worked at two different nonprofit organizations that focused on financial literacy training and career development programming. She holds a BA from Lafayette College and a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on Public and Nonprofit Performance Measurement from Rutgers University-Newark.

Laine RolongProgram Officer

Laine supports grant management, program development, and technical assistance to the LISC Financial Opportunity Center® network. She has over 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, focusing primarily on financial empowerment and microfinance. Laine is a bilingual project manager who enjoys creating collaboration between the public and private sectors to benefit underinvested communities. Before joining LISC, Laine worked at Food Bank for New York City, managing its financial empowerment program planning and execution and expanding programming from a direct service model to a train-the-trainers model in public schools and food banks. Previously, Laine worked at ACCION USA, responsible for its outreach strategy, supporting the lending team, developing partnerships with financial institutions and government agencies to assist entrepreneurs with capital. Laine has interests in the connection between asset-building and microenterprise. She is an alumna from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, and NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. 

Local Office Directory

Local LISC Office Contacts

Office Location
Contact Person
AtlantaAmit Khanduri, Program Officer
BostonEmily Jones, Senior Program Officer

Silvana Bastante, Program Officer
Charlotte Hiba Asalih, Program Officer

Harold Lloyd, Program Officer
ChicagoJennifer McClain, Financial Opportunities Director

Sarai Garza, Program Officer
CincinnatiValerie Daley, Senior Program officer
ConnecticutFarhana Arif, Program Officer

Christina Dellaventura, Assistant Program Officer
DetroitJackie Burau, Program Officer

Karista Gallick, Assistant Program Officer
DuluthEmily Mowchan Drevlow, Assistant Program Officer
FlintJuan Zuniga,  Executive Director

Shaina Tinsey Assistant Program officer 
HoustonVanNhi Nguyen, Senior Program Officer

Madeleine Chaisson, Program Officer

Sandylane Oquendo, Assistant Program Officer
IndianapolisNatalia Rodriguez Hilt, Assistant Program Officer

Brandon Taylor, Program Officer
JacksonvilleAnikka King, Program Officer

Kathie Silva, Program Assistant
Kansas CityTrese BoozeProgram Officer

Kelli Hearn Assistant Program Officer
KalamazooSonja DeanProgram Officer
Los AngelesShona Sen, Program Officer
MilwaukeeChristopher KempDeputy Director

Celia BentonProgram Officer

Gabrielle Charles, Assistant Program Officer
New York   Ibrahima Souare, Program Officer

Leah Martins-KrasnerProgram Officer
NewarkSenia Cuevas, Program Officer
PeoriaAngela BoldenExecutive Director
PhiladelphiaJessica CollazoProgram Officer   
Phoenix Mariana Torres, Assistant Program Officer
Rhode IslandClaudia Staniszewski, Program Officer

 Sue LeonardiProgram Assistant
RuralEmily Avery, Director of Rural Financial Opportunity Centers 

Justin Burch, Program Director

Francesca Santos, Assistant Program Officer
San DiegoAvital AboodyProgram Officer
San Francisco (Bay Area)Max Lelu, Assistant Program Officer
Seattle/ Puget SoundBrian SurrattExecutive Director
Mandy Lee, Program Officer
ToledoValerie Moffitt, Director of Financial Opportunities

 Shaulonda JonesProgram Assistant
Twin Cities Kumar Balasubrahmanyan, Program Officer

Rachel Speck, Program Officer

Orissa Ramnarine, Program Assistant
VirginiaJane Ferrara, Executive Director
Western New YorkJulie Barrett O'Neill, Executive Director

Kate Rehban, Program Officer

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