As executive director of LISC Phoenix, Terry Benelli is all about asset management, capital investment and balanced ledgers. But when this nonprofit leader takes care of business, it’s in the interest of building inclusive communities that nurture the wisdom and creativity of local leaders.
For Terry, comprehensive community development is not possible without targeted investment in people and small businesses. She is dedicated to ensuring residents of marginalized neighborhoods acquire assets they desire for upward mobility —jobs, safe and stable housing and communities designed to promote health.
The Phoenix office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation makes capital investments with an equitable lens. In 2017, LISC Phoenix invested $24 million that leveraged an additional $112 million.
Terry oversees a community development operation that takes into account education opportunity, community safety, social and cultural cohesion and access to health care. LISC-infused projects and programs thwart the devastating forces of gentrification and displacement.