If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

Sonia Sotomayor to understand how she has remained level-headed, poised and determined in the face of vast injustice and fierce opposition.

What motivates you to create social impact?

It’s a great feeling to do work that I love.

Host Site Overview

LIIF is dedicated to creating pathways of opportunity for low income people and communities. Serving the poorest of the poor, LIIF is a steward for capital invested in community-building initiatives. Serving the poorest of the poor, LIIF is a steward for capital invested in community-building initiatives. In so doing, LIIF provides a bridge between private capital markets and low income neighborhoods.

Host Site Project

Place matters. Where we live has profound implications for our health and well-being. But, for far too many people, particularly low-income households and people of color, these places are contributing to their growing gaps in economic opportunity, climate vulnerability and health outcomes. The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is envisioned as a transformative effort to create healthy, climate-smart, and opportunity-rich places where low-income people and people of color will thrive. SPARCC will support collaborative and racially-inclusive leadership tables initially in six metropolitan regions, with a focus on changing the underlying systems that shape the built environment. The fellow will engage in and support the SPARCC initiative, and will work closely with and be supervised by the SPARCC Project Director. The fellow will be part of a broader internal team within LIIF that includes communications and innovation, and will also work directly with the lending team. Additionally, the fellow will regularly engage with SPARCC partners (Enterprise, NRDC and the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank) to achieve programmatic goals. LIIF uses its resources and expertise to help build the leadership infrastructure, policies and financing tools needed to support equitable growth. LIIF leverages public and private dollars to increase social and economic equity and works with philanthropic, public sector, nonprofit and private sector partners to support equity in the built environment at a national scale, while engaging its resources and expertise locally to create innovative financing tools and encourage policy changes that support its vision.