The Center for Community Investment’s Leadership Development Program Announces 16 Fellows Focused on… |

Washington, DC, June 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is pleased to announce the selection of its fourth cohort of Fulcrum Scholars. These 16 dynamic changemakers will participate in a 15-month action learning program that aims to help leaders create meaningful systemic change through collaboration across silos and sectors. They will also join a network of leaders committed to advancing racial equity and helping disengaged communities achieve their environmental, social and economic priorities.

This year’s fellows span the country from Vermont to California and from Florida to Minnesota, using their work in housing, creative place-making, philanthropy, and economic and community development to spark more resilient and equitable communities. During the hands-on, intensive fellowship, fellows will participate in six multi-day seminars and receive regular coaching and support from staff while developing their knowledge and skills in community investment, racial equity, and leadership. adaptive. Each fellow will also pursue a meaningful effort in their community that will leverage investment capital to succeed and has the potential to change the way the community organizes and deploys community investment.

“The COVID-19 crisis has made visible the inequalities that have long plagued our nation. As we slowly emerge from the pandemic and face new economic challenges, leaders have a critical opportunity to develop and deploy the community investments and systems change strategies needed to achieve more equitable outcomes. These outstanding Fulcrum Scholars will develop their skills in adaptive leadership and community investment and deepen their understanding of racial equity and CCI’s capital absorption framework,” said CCI Chief Executive Robin Hacke. “We are incredibly excited to announce this cohort and help them tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our communities.”

The 16 scholarship recipients are:

Shanti Abedin Director, Shared Equity Housing NeighborWorks America Washington, DC

Tara Agrawal Director of Community Investment Boston Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts

Oji Alexander Executive Director Home by Hand Inc. New Orleans, Louisiana

Mileyka Burgos-Flores Executive Director The Allapatah Collaborative CDC Miami, Florida

Rebecca Cordes Chan Executive Director Friends of the Rail Park Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jorge Damian de la Paz Senior Strategist for Government Innovation in the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office Miami, Florida

Eliisa Frazier Director, Racial Equity & Impact Lending Low Income Investment Fund New York, New York

Jaime Gloshay Co-Director and Co-Founder Native Women Lead Albuquerque, New Mexico

Keisha González Program Director, Community and Economic Development and Social Impact Investing Cleveland Foundation Cleveland, Ohio

Lyric Kelkar Policy Director Inclusive Action for the City Los Angeles, California

Seth Leonard General Manager of Community Development Vermont Housing Agency Burlington, Vermont

Maggie Parker Managing Partner Innovan Neighborhoods Dallas, Texas

Ryan Priester Program Officer, Chicago Commitment Team MacArthur Foundation Chicago, Illinois

Roberto Requejo Executive Director Elevated Chicago Chicago, Illinois

Marcq Sung Senior Program Officer McKnight Foundation Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sasha Werblin Senior Program Officer LISC Oakland, CA

The Fulcrum Fellowship is one of CCI’s many programs aimed at ensuring that all communities have the capital they need to thrive. To learn more about CCI’s Fulcrum Fellowship, this new cohort, and our first three cohorts of fellows, visit



The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy works to ensure that all communities, especially those who have suffered from structural racism and policies that have isolated them economically and socially, can unlock the capital they need to thrive. Our work is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co and the California Endowment. | @C4CInvest

ABOUT THE LINCOLN INSTITUTE OF LAND POLICY The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve the quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A private, nonprofit operating foundation, the Lincoln Institute researches and advocates creative approaches to the earth as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. | @landpolicy

Janelle Julien Center for Community Investment 2404630578 [email protected]

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