Milwaukee, WI - Oct. 2, 2013 - The Local Initiatives Support Corporation recently appointed Ellen M. Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation president and CEO to its board of directors.

Gilligan's roots with LISC run deep. She served as a program officer with the national nonprofit from 1981 to 1986, where she managed community development investment portfolios of $3.3 million in Cincinnati, Baltimore and Miami. She also was the deputy project director for seven federally-funded national community development technical assistance projects. Since 2001, she has served as vice chair of its advisory committee.

"LISC is an impressive organization with a long track record of transforming neighborhoods and strengthening communities throughout the country," Gilligan said. "I'm very happy to be able to serve on its board and help LISC continue to create and invest in sustainable communities."

The 26-member board is led by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. Gilligan is one of four board members that come from the philanthropic sector.

About the Local Initiatives Support Corporation

LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has invested $12.9 billion to build or rehab 298,300 affordable homes and apartments and develop 49 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more, visit

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a family of more than 1,100 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the local charitable causes of their choice. Grants from these funds serve people throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. Started in 1915, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the world.


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