Guest Presenter: Matthew Josephs
Senior Vice President for Policy for The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Matt Josephs is the senior vice president for policy for The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Mr. Josephs is responsible for developing LISC’s federal policy agenda; communicating this agenda to LISC employees, board members, funders, and other stakeholders; and pursuing this agenda through engagement with members of Congress and other Federal officials. Mr. Josephs joined LISC in March 2012 after serving for 13 years at the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund—most recently as senior advisor for policy, where he was responsible for coordinating policy development and implementation across the CDFI Fund’s programs, as well as planning and implementing new initiatives and interagency partnerships. Mr. Josephs also served for six years as the program manager of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, which to date has facilitated over $45 billion of private sector investments into businesses and real estate projects in the nations’ most distressed rural and urban communities. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Mr. Josephs served as professional staff for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, where his portfolio of issues included public and assisted housing programs, homeless programs, FHA insurance, and HUD reform. Mr. Josephs also served as a policy analyst with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s office of Public and Indian Housing. Mr. Josephs received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.