Peter Banks joined the LISC DC team in the fall of 2008. Born and raised in Washington, DC and a graduate of Wilson High School, he brings a great familiarity and fondness for the city.
In his role at LISC, Peter helps manage our targeted neighborhood work in Southwest and Congress Heights. He also manages LISC’s technical assistance for tenants associations who have purchased their building and are now responsible for managing the property. Further, he is overseeing the publication of LISC’s book that highlights 25 years of community development in this city.
His father, the late Jim Banks, (pictured below to Peter’s left ) served on LISC DC’s local advisory committee for many years, was Director of the DC Housing Authority in the 70s and was deeply involved in housing initiatives in Ward 8. “Because of my father’s involvement – I remember hearing and reading about LISC for years. I grew up being highly sensitized to people living in different and sometimes difficult situations. I was raised to think that no matter where people live or what conditions- they all want the same things.”
For Peter, this work is personal. “This is the sort of work that doesn’t end at the office. Our work impacts real people, real communities- it affects people’s every day lives. This is something you have to take seriously and really think about.” Peter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in History and has a Masters in City Planning from MIT.
Prior to LISC, he worked with Housing Counseling Services, organizing tenants who were at risk of losing their homes. Outside of work, he enjoys writing, and helped co-author a book with his father entitled “The Unintended Consequences: Family and Community, The Victims of Isolated Poverty”. If you see Peter, make sure to not only welcome him to LISC but to congratulate him – he is getting married this fall.