Former Milwaukee County Board chairman named LISC Milwaukee executive director

Theo Lipscomb

Former Milwaukee County Board chairman Theodore Lipscomb has been named executive director of community development organization LISC Milwaukee.

In his new role with LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Milwaukee, Lipscomb will lead its local investments in affordable housing, businesses, health and jobs in underserved communities. The nonprofit organization has a $184 million portfolio of community development support throughout Milwaukee.

Lipscomb succeeds Donsia Strong Hill, who left the organization earlier this year for a position in Chicago.

“Theo’s experience directly aligns with LISC’s efforts to build a broadly shared prosperity across the city—one that offers opportunity to all of Milwaukee’s residents, regardless of race, class or ZIP code,” said Maurice Jones, LISC president and chief executive officer. “This is particularly important right now, as we all work to navigate COVID-19, economic recession and the continued fight for racial justice.”

Lipscomb served on the Milwaukee County Board from 2008 until earlier this year. He also made a failed run for county executive earlier this year.

Previously, he worked as a project manager for the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development and as director of community development for the West End Development Corp. In the private sector, he worked for Milwaukee architecture firm and managing urbanWealth LLC.

“This is a critical time for our city which makes me even more excited to lead the exceptional team at LISC Milwaukee.” Lipscomb said. “We have a wealth of local talent and untapped opportunity within our community. With the right kind of partnerships and increased investments, we can harness that potential; we can bridge the gaps in health and wealth that affect so many in our city and catalyze opportunities for all our neighbors to thrive.”

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Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits, education and insurance for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism, history and African studies. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeing live music wherever she can.

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