Our Team

Established in 1982, the LISC DC program is a site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), and the largest community development support organization in the country. The LISC DC program has a 6 person staff and is supported by a Local Advisory Committee (LAC).

  • Staff

    Our Team

    The LISC DC program has a 5 person staff:

    • Adiyah Ali – Program Officer
    • Ramon Jacobson – Acting Director
    • Adam Kent – Senior Program Officer
    • Lotanna Obodozie – Program Assistant
    • Katharine Richardson – Program Officer

    Adiyah Ali Buck, Program Officer

    abuck@lisc.org | 202-739-9268

    Adiyah Ali Buck joined LISC DC in 2015. Adiyah’s focus is on maintaining the office’s communications and coordinating fundraising efforts. Her primary responsibilities are conceptualizing, designing, and writing print and digital materials, managing LISC DC’s on-line media presence, and preparing proposals and reports.

    Prior to joining LISC DC, Adiyah served as a Communications Consultant for the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National & Community Service, coordinated Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)’s research, communications, and advocacy work, and managed Amnesty International’s statewide human rights advocacy campaigns in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

    Adiyah holds a BA in International Relations from Roanoke College and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University with a  Master’s degree in Public Policy.


    Ramon Jacobson, Acting Director

    rjacobson@lisc.org | 202-739-9273

    Ramon joined LISC DC in 1998. Ramon’s focus is on providing predevelopment, construction, and permanent financing for affordable housing and community facilities.

    Ramon’s primary responsibilities include real estate underwriting, loan administration, and helping nonprofit community organizations structure deals that benefit their neighborhoods.

    Ramon holds a BA from Harvard University and a Masters degree from the Yale School of Management.

    Adam Kent, Senior Program Officer

    akent@lisc.org | 202-739-9283

    Adam Kent joined LISC DC in 2014. He is the lead Senior Program Officer responsible for LISC DC’s Elevating Equity Initiative, a $50 million effort devoted to fostering equitable and inclusive development in the neighborhoods surrounding the 11th Street Bridge Park.

    Adam also underwrites loans that finance affordable housing development in DC, and leads LISC DC’s corridor-specific economic and small business development strategies, as well as LISC DC’s creative placemaking work. In addition, Adam monitors DC legislative and budget activities and provides analysis on issues that affect community development in the District.

    Prior to joining LISC DC, Adam worked as a high school math teacher in DC Public Schools and as a researcher at the Urban Institute. He holds a BA in Economics from Macalester College, a MA in Teaching from American University, and a MPA from Princeton University.


    Lotanna Obodozie, Program Assistant

    lobodozie@lisc.org | 202-739-9266

    Lotanna Obodozie joined LISC DC in 2016.  As Program Assistant, Lotanna is responsible for assisting the Acting Director and LISC DC staff with both program and administrative tasks.

    Lotanna also manages  LISC DC’s small grants and helps to coordinate the office’s community development work with LISC DC partners.

    Prior to joining LISC DC, Lotanna was a student at the George Washington University, where she received a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.

    Katharine Richardson, Program Officer

    krichardson@lisc.org | 202-739-9260

    Katharine Richardson joined LISC DC in 2016. Katharine manages LISC DC’s grant portfolio and provides technical assistance to LISC DC partners.

    Prior to joining LISC DC, Katharine worked as a researcher for the New York City Department of Education and as an AmeriCorps member in an elementary school in Brooklyn.

    Katharine holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton College and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

  • Local Advisory Committee (LAC)

    Our Team

    Responsibilities include

    • Set policies for the operations of the Washington, DC LISC Program;
    • Maintain oversight to ensure the integrity and success of the local program;
    • Attend LAC meetings; review materials prior to meetings and actively participate in the meetings;
    • Review and approve loans and grant program actions;
    • Act as a spokesperson for LISC and the community development/neighborhood revitalization field;
    • Open doors and avenues for communication and public relations;
    • Support and encourage the Director and staff;
    • Provide funding and assist with fundraising.

    LISC DC LAC Members

    • Dr. Paul Armington ‐ President, World Institute for Leadership and Management in Africa
    • Terri J. Copeland ‐ Community Development Market Manager, PNC Bank
    • Karen Fitzgerald ‐ Senior Program Officer, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
    • Donna Gambrell
    • Muriel Garr ‐ Senior Vice President for Community Development, SunTrust Bank
    • Donna F. Grigsby – Vice- President, Community Development Manager, TD Bank
    • Angela Hill –  Senior Vice President in the Community Development Banking Group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    • Ellen McCarthy – Principal, McCarthy Urban Associates
    • Alison McWilliams –  Executive Director, Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
    • Gregory J. Melanson
    • Monica Mitchell – Vice President, Community Development Officer (DC/MD/VA) in the Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations Group
    • Mike Schwartz –  Program Officer, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
    • M. Craig Pascal ‐ Senior Vice President/Community Development Specialist, BB&T
    • Robert Peck – Southeast Region Director of Consulting, Gensler
    • Ramatolie Saho – Senior Manager, Community Development Banking, Capital One
    • Irasema Salcido
    • Christopher Smith ‐ Chairman and CEO, WC Smith
    • Richard W. Snowdon, Esq. ‐ Chair of Local Advisory Committee, Partner, Trainum, Snowdon & Deane
    • Evelyn Strauch ‐ President, The Strauch Foundation
    • Vickie Tassan ‐ Director of Community Investment, *E-Trade Financial Services
    • Peter Tatian – Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
    • Tom Wilbur ‐ Executive Vice President, The John Akridge Company
    • Scott Willis – Senior Regional Community Development Manager, HSBC Bank USA