So often, growth and change go hand in hand. Having wrapped up a successful $40 million fundraising campaign this summer, LISC Chicago’s Susana Vasquez has announced that she will step down as executive director at the end of this month.
A transition committee is already in place, comprised of senior members of the national LISC staff as well members of LISC Chicago’s Local Advisory Board. While a search is underway, Caroline Goldstein, LISC Chicago’s director of development and public relations and a long-time member of our local management team, will serve as interim executive director.
For those of us who know Susana, this is a bittersweet change. She leaves LISC Chicago in a strong position, both financially and program-wise, with a reach that extends from housing, health and community safety to education, business development and jobs. This work has been a decades-long collaborative effort with our many funders and partners.
As Denise Scott, national LISC’s executive vice president for programs, said: “We’ll miss Susana’s fierce drive and keen management, but we are also excited about what’s in store for LISC Chicago in the months to come. When I look at our project pipeline and expanding programs, I know that our Chicago partners will be well-served as we move forward.”
Our Local Advisory Board couldn’t agree more. Over the years, LISC Chicago has invested more than $906 million in grants, loans and equity to improve the quality of life in Chicago’s low-income communities. I am confident that we will navigate this management change without losing a step.
If you have questions during this transition period, please contact me or Caroline Goldstein.
Richard Sciortino LISC Chicago Local Advisory Board Chair