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

    Adiyah Ali Buck, Program Officer

    aali@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, 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.

    Ramon Jacobson, Deputy 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.


    Oramenta F. Newsome, Vice President

    onewsome@lisc.org | 202-739-9267

    Ms. Newsome joined LISC in 1995 as the Executive Director of LISC DC.  Today, Ms. Newsome is the Vice President for the LISC DC and the LISC Virginia programs. She has direct oversight and manages the work of the Washington, DC LISC program and supervises the Executive Director of the Virginia LISC program.

    Prior to joining LISC DC, Ms. Newsome worked as a Program Director for the Enterprise Foundation, a City Planner and Homeless Services Coordinator for the City of Fort Worth Texas, and a Planner for Cobb County, Georgia. She has traveled extensively across the United States, writing funding proposals and providing technical assistance to small and mid-size towns. She is also the recipient of the City First Bank Baptist Award in honor of their Founder, Debi Hurd Baptist, the American Dream Award from Manna, Inc. and named a Community Champion by Capital One.

    Ms. Newsome published the book Becoming What We Can Be: Stories of Community Development in Washington, DC, written by Tony Proscio. The book chronicles stories of community development in Washington, DC and honors local community development trailblazers. It gives insight into a movement that dreamed big, weathered setbacks, and persevered, bringing unimagined rebirth to neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights and the H Street Corridor.

    This year Ms. Newsome was selected for the prestigious Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Julie L. Rogers Sabbatical Program.  In 2017 she will take a 3 month sabbatical in recognition of her long-term service and commitment to the work of community development and neighborhood revitalization in the District of Columbia.

    Ms. Newsome lectures to undergraduate and graduate classes as well as conducts training in the field of community development and neighborhood revitalization.

    She holds a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration from Auburn University and a Masters of Science in Community Development and Planning from Georgia State University.

    Ms. Newsome was a Fannie Mae Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives and a graduate of Leadership Washington, Class of 1999. Ms. Newsome presently serves as member of the District of Columbia’s Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and the District of Columbia Economic Strategy Advisory Committee.

    *For Ms. Newsome’s shorter bio, contact aali@lisc.org.

    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 Vice President 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