Job Title and Organization:
State & Local Contracts Coordinator, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Briefly describe your role.
I currently manage LISC’s portfolio of government contracts across 31 cities, ensuring that LISC and our community development partners remain in compliance with the terms and objectives of our government awards. I also provide training and technical assistance to my colleagues and to community development corporations around the country on all aspects of managing public funds.
What is your advice for future Bloustein graduates as they enter the workforce?
My advice is to pursue the work you want with everything that you have, but also have the foresight to understand that the path to your goal is not necessarily linear. Look at each opportunity as a chance to challenge yourself and to demonstrate your best work.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Bloustein?
Bloustein was the catalyst to many great things, both personally and professionally. Academically speaking, I have such fond memories of conversations with Dr. Listokin, Dr. Newman, and Dr. Burchell – it was those discussions that really made me love city planning and all of the avenues the profession offered. My studio project with Carlos Rodrigues, where I was able to create and present a historic preservation plan to a town council, was also a highlight.
How did Bloustein prepare you to succeed in your career?
I’m happy to attribute much of my current success to Bloustein. I was an attorney when I started the MCRP program, and Bloustein brought new energy and perspective into my career. Through incredible classes and professors, I learned how to combine old and new skills that made it possible for me to transition into work that plays a crucial role in revitalizing communities by connecting them to resources and economic opportunities.