After 8 years as executive director at LISC Phoenix, Teresa Brice is retiring at the end of this year. “I began my work in the nonprofit sector 35 years ago as an attorney for Community Legal Services, but community development has been my passion for the majority of my career,” she said. “I am proud to say that this is work that I have undertaken in my hometown of Mesa, Arizona, as well as throughout the Valley and, through my policy efforts, throughout Arizona.”
Brice led the work of LISC Phoenix through the challenging years of foreclosures, when she assembled the Sustainable Home Ownership Coalition with nonprofit partners who assisted over 1200 first-time homebuyers to purchase vacant, foreclosed properties. But it was her efforts to encourage the region to embrace Transit-Oriented Development that gave LISC Phoenix a focus and visibility for bringing private investment to advance equitable development along the light rail corridor.
Now in the second year of a 3-year strategic initiative, “Our Future is On the Line,” Brice leaves the organization with highly skilled staff in place, a clearly branded direction and opportunities to take the work to scale in the next phase of development. In a fitting capstone to her career with LISC, she was awarded the Arizona Department of Housing Lifetime Achievement Award at the State Conference earlier this month.
“It is time to talk about creating transit villages, not just individual TOD projects,” Brice emphasized. “The next LISC Phoenix leader needs to work across multiple sectors, in multiple cities and address policy issues as well as plan projects, but always keeping the mission in mind.”
See the LISC Phoenix ED job description. Applications will be accepted through October 31.