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 – Assistant Program Officer
    • Katharine Richardson – Program Officer

    Adiyah Ali, Program Officer

    aali@lisc.org | 202-739-9268

    Adiyah Ali joined LISC in 2015. Adiyah manages the local office’s development and communications efforts. Her primary responsibilities are preparing fundraising proposals and reports, managing the stewardship of LISC’s funding relationships, and overseeing LISC’s local communications strategy, and the creation and maintenance of LISC’s web and online presence.

    Adiyah also leads the local office’s racial equity strategies, ensuring that LISC actively promotes racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity in the neighborhoods that we serve, and through the organizations that we support.

    Prior to joining LISC, Adiyah served as a Communications Consultant for the Social Innovation Fund, 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 a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.


    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 Jacobson joined LISC in 1998 and now serves as Deputy Director. He manages LISC’s portfolio in the District of Columbia, and oversees all aspects of community development lending, including underwriting, structuring, loan closing, inspections, disbursements, and repayment. Despite DC’s small population, DC LISC has been among the top investment sites of the 30+ local programs across the nation. He has managed more than $300 million in CDFI investments – loans, grants, and tax credit equity – in every neighborhood in the District of Columbia. These investments in affordable homeownership, rental housing, commercial and retail properties, as well as community facilities helped to transform desperately poor neighborhoods while preserving economic diversity in other neighborhoods undergoing broad gentrification.

    Ramon began his career working in the notorious New York City shelter system of the 1980s, developing programs to get single adults off the streets in the midst of a deadly cold snap. He helped consultants do the groundwork for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and worked with CSH in the Twin Cities. He also has worked as a consultant and researcher to health foundations where he studied preventable hospitalizations and the impact of primary care. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

    Adam Kent, Senior Program Officer

    akent@lisc.org | 202-739-9283

    Adam Kent serves as a Senior Program Officer in the DC LISC office, responsible for a wide range of LISC investments and community development initiatives. Adam developed and currently leads LISC’s Elevating Equity Initiative, a $50 million effort devoted to fostering equitable and inclusive development in the neighborhoods surrounding the 11th Street Bridge Park. In addition, Adam structures and underwrites loans that facilitate the creation and preservation of affordable rental and ownership housing in DC. He leads LISC’s corridor-specific economic development work, as well as LISC’s creative placemaking projects. Adam also monitors DC legislative and budget activities and provides analysis on issues that affect community development in the District.

    Prior to joining LISC, Adam worked as a high school math teacher in DC Public Schools and as a researcher at the Urban Institute. Adam also plays trumpet for the DC-based funk and soul band AZTEC SUN, which is consistently voted as one of DC’s Best Local Original Bands. He holds a BA in Economics from Macalester College, a MA in Teaching from American University, and a MPA from Princeton University.


    Lotanna Obodozie, Assistant Program Officer

    lobodozie@lisc.org | 202-739-9266

    Lotanna Obodozie joined LISC in 2016. As Assistant Program Officer, Lotanna is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and design of LISC’s website and overall online presence. Lotanna also supports LISC’s capacity building grantmaking and initiatives and manages the office’s small grants. 

    Prior to joining LISC, 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 in 2016. Katharine leads LISC’s capacity building work, providing technical assistance and resources to help strengthen DC community development organizations and initiatives. She also underwrites loans that finance affordable housing development in DC, including tenant purchase projects and cooperative development. Prior to joining LISC, 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 an MPA 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