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Michael K. Clarke, Executive Director
Michael Clarke joined the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in 1998 as Executive Director in the Buffalo, NY office. Under his leadership, Buffalo LISC has invested more than $94 million in our City, with over $158 million leveraged, resulting in 1,300 new homes and over 230,000 square feet of redeveloped commercial space.
Prior to joining LISC, Mr. Clarke was a Mortgage Officer for the Community Preservation Corporation, a not-for-profit real estate lender, which specializes in financing housing affordable for low and moderate-income households. He also was Executive Director at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Capital Programs Manager at the NY Division of Housing and Community Renewal and Executive Director at Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. Mr. Clarke holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Monique Sullivan James, Office Manager
Monique Sullivan-James, is instrumental to the efficient operations of the Buffalo office. She oversees all office management and supports the Executive Director and staff with various day to day assignments and long term projects. Ms. Sullivan-James provides technical assistance and support to our grantees on issues related to grant disbursement and documentation requirements, funder reporting requirements, and program compliance.
Ms. Sullivan-James has been a Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) employee since its opening of the Buffalo office in 1998. She brings extensive experience in for profit and not for profit development and management. Prior to joining LISC, Ms. Sullivan-James was employed with the City of Buffalo’s Treasury Department. Ms. Sullivan-James began her community service at Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. as an AmeriCorps VISTA member providing homebuyer education and credit repair services to first time homebuyers. She also served as AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor and Community Loan Officer for Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
Ms. Sullivan-James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Johanna Walczyk, Program Officer
Johanna Walczyk is a Buffalo native that joined LISC Buffalo as a Program Officer in late 2014. In this role, she is responsible for assisting local partners with technical assistance, planning, and support on issues related to community revitalization, economic development, and affordable housing.
Prior to joining LISC, Ms. Walczyk worked at the Supportive Housing Network of New York (the Network) in New York City. There she provided policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy related to homeless housing development and policy on behalf of the Network’s 220 nonprofit members. She also supported the Network in its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) partnership by assisting with the enrollment and implementation of energy retrofits in 2,100 units of supportive housing across NYC.
Ms. Walczyk holds a Master’s of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sarah Maurer, Program Assistant
Sarah Maurer joined LISC Buffalo as a Program Assistant in May 2016. She is responsible for all communications related tasks, including social media, website development, email marketing and assisting with events and fundraising.
Ms. Maurer brings a range of writing experiences and community involvement from her roles as a copywriter for The Buffalo News, writer for online magazine Buffalo Rising, and communications specialist for the Partnership for the Public Good - a local policy thinktank that provides research and advocacy support focused on the challenges of poverty, inequality, environment, and bringing greater accountability and democracy to local government. Before joining the team at LISC, Ms. Maurer worked for the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY as property manager in their housing department, assisting low-income individuals and families with securing affordable housing in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. Ms. Maurer also served in the Americorps Opportunity Corps program, providing financial literacy outreach to adults and youth in the City of Buffalo.
Ms. Maurer received her B.A. in Communications Studies from Canisius College in Buffalo.
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