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Travels Here and There by LISC and Partners

Published: March 1, 2014

LISC staff and partners have traveled recently to New York and Washington to spread the word and to learn from others.

Deputy Director Keri Blackwell led a contingent of neighborhood safety leaders and Chicago Police to New York City in January to participate in LISC’s Safe Streets, Strong Communities symposium, which featured U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, and NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton. A high point for Keri was hosting a dinner that allowed neighborhood leaders and police to get better acquainted.

Also in New York was Chris Brown, Director of Education and Engagement, who participated in an Atlantic Philanthropies meeting about the Elev8 schools initiative. Chris recently landed a new contract with the Chicago Department of Public Health to promote AllKids insurance enrollment to CPS families. That work is also supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

Susana Vasquez, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and Jake Ament.

Executive Director Susana Vasquez and Program Officer Jake Ament flew to Washington in late February to meet with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Congressmen Danny Davis. In Chicago, Chris Brown and the Southwest Organizing Project met with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to discuss our housing work.

LISC partner Jane Addams Resource Corp. (JARC) was recognized in January at the White House for its Careers in Manufacturing Programs. JARC was represented by Executive Director Guy Loudon and program graduate Danielle King. Following a speech by President Obama, King participated in a panel discussion with Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and three others.

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