LISC Celebrates 25 Years and Honors Two Local Visionaries

On September 28, 2005, friends, government officials and supporters of LISC from all over the country gathered in Washington DC to celebrate LISC’s 25th Anniversary.

Created by the Ford Foundation 25 years ago as a national organization charged with revitalizing neighborhoods through the activities of community based organizations, LISC is now the largest community development organization in the US.

Michael Rubinger, LISC president and CEO, and Robert Rubin, former Treasury Secretary and LISC chair, were joined by leading political, community, and media figures, including:
– Mayor Anthony Williams
– Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (MD)
– Paul Tagliabue, NFL Commissioner
– Vernon Jordan
– Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour, who served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event highlighted LISC’s accomplishments over the years and honored 25 visionary leaders from community based organizations throughout the US. Among those honored were two local community leaders and friends of Washington DC LISC: Reverend Jim Dickerson, founder and Chair of Manna Inc., and Lloyd Smith, the deceased founder and Executive Director of Marshall Heights Community Development Organization.

Both men exemplify the type of leadership that is so rare- the kind that brings sustainable, positive change to a neighborhood.

After 18 years at the helm of Marshall Heights CDO, Lloyd Smith helped bring dozens of new businesses, a new shopping center, hundreds of new or renovated housing units, and an array of resident services.

Rev Jim Dickerson has guided Manna Inc over the past 23 years as it built or renovated 850 homes, mostly in the Shaw and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, and helped families accumulate some $50 Million in equity.

We are grateful for the sacrifice and vision of both men and look forward to a continued strong partnership with both organizations.