After studying Political Science at Arizona State University Terry became involved in neighborhood issues and spent her volunteer time with community development organizations. As an entrepreneur who has started three businesses, she realized the significance of asset building through micro lending. That passion to help low-income entrepreneurs led her to Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) where she served as Executive Director for eight years. She led the organization to become the prominent micro business lender in Mesa and the Valley. While growing NEDCO’s lending, Terry had the vision for a vibrant and connected Mesa, which led NEDCO to undertake community engagement. Now at LISC Phoenix, as Executive Director, Terry continues her leadership role in neighborhood revitalization.
In 2014 Terry was unanimously appointed to the Mesa, AZ City Council to fill an interim term. She remains active in the City of Mesa as a member of the Economic Development Advisory Board. As a Fellow of the Flinn Brown Civic Leadership cadre of future state leaders, she continually strengthens her skills to address Arizona’s long-term issues, with special interest in urban economic development strategies.
Sr. Program Officer
Patrick McNamara, originally from Ohio, has been working in community and economic development for over twenty years and has a proven track record in developing and implementing long-range planning and programming to support neighborhood revitalization and community development. He comes to LISC Phoenix, most recently, from the City of Casa Grande where he was Development Center Manager and worked with the departments of Planning, Code Enforcement, Building Safety, Engineering, and the Department of Housing. Patrick ensures that LISC Phoenix local capital investments benefit our local communities.
Frieda Pollack has joined LISC Phoenix as a Program Officer responsible for leading strategic communications and providing operational coordination. Frieda brings a keen focus on organizational effectiveness and a passion for well-crafted stakeholder communication from her 15 years in the nonprofit and government sectors.
Frieda has focused her career on using her writing, graphic design and strategic planning skills to support a variety of community endeavors. This has led her to positions with the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, Rodel Foundation of Arizona, Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Phoenix City Council, as well as volunteer work with local candidates, political organizations and capacity building nonprofits. Currently, Frieda serves on the Board of Trustees for Temple Emanuel of Tempe and is an active alumni volunteer with Valley Leadership.
Frieda earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in photojournalism and a minor in marketing. At NAU, Frieda was honored with the Gold Ax Award for her work as a founding member of the student chapter of Habitat for Humanity and staff member for the student government. She holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation.
Born in New Jersey, Frieda fell in love with Arizona’s warm weather and clear skies at an early age. She and her family have called the Valley home since she was a teenager.
Assistant Program Officer
Nora primarily focuses on enhancing our small business assistance and lending programs as part of our commercial corridor revitalization initiatives. Nora brings a unique perspective on small business lending as she began her career helping develop financial programs at a Syrian start up bank. It was here that she first discovered the importance of financial education, microenterprise and small businesses in building strong communities and a strong economy. Most recently, Nora joins us from International Rescue Committee, where she served as a logistics coordinator helping refugees build new lives in the Phoenix area. Through this work, Nora developed a ground-level understanding of the importance of financial education in building wealth.
Assistant Program Officer
Join us in welcoming Dominic Braham to the LISC Phoenix team where he will be leading the development of our Financial Opportunity Center network as an Assistant Program Officer.
Dominic is a seasoned bilingual professional with over 17 years of extensive experience in operations, design and relationship building. This includes local, regional, national, international and city government assignments. He has experience as a staff member of the City of Phoenix City Council District 8 office where he used his interpersonal skills in a public facing role interacting with the public, city staff, leadership and elected officials.
Prior, as Director of Employment Services with the Greater Phoenix Urban League (GPUL). He launched a Young Adult Workforce Program, preparing and matching participants with employment. Before GPUL, Dominic has been in the nonprofit field for over 15 years where he worked in programs for youth development, the homeless and individuals with special needs.
Dominic served as a Peace Corps Advisor in a developing community in the Dominican Republic for over two years leading sustainable projects. Dominic is also active in his community serving on the board of Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a charter school in Phoenix and a past board member for the Young Nonprofit Professional Network Phoenix Chapter. He was a 2014 Fall Cohort of the American Express Leadership Academy in New York, Fall 2015 Fellow of Arizona Leading for Change and Class 39 Valley Leadership member.
Mr. Braham is an alumnus of Arizona State University where he holds a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management; he is also a Lumberjack graduating with a Master in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Wendy Carlos has been serving her community for 22 years and joined LISC Phoenix in 2016. She brings 20 years of banking and financial experience with a community development emphasis. Her prior role as Community Development Officer had her serving a 5 multi-state footprint. She has served her communities in many different capacities from grassroots volunteering to technical assistant on boards and committees, such as LISC Phoenix, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, and Arizona Prevention Task Force, as well as serving as an advisor in Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, and New York. Most recently, she was awarded the 2015 Designation of Savings Excellence Award from America Saves and 2013 Rising Star Award from Junior Achievement of Arizona.
Wendy is a passionate servant leader with a community development diversified background who can also provide support in her first language of Español. Wendy is currently serving as the Operations Manager as she continues her education at Grand Canyon University.
PJ Boone-Edgerton Longoni
PJ Boone-Edgerton Longoni
Serving as the Admin Assistant, PJ is responsible for the successful operation of the Phoenix office.
I am PJ Boone-Edgerton Longoni. I am originally from New York City. In high school I moved to St. Michael's Arizona. I eventually made my way to Phoenix after I graduated from Northern Arizona University. Over the years I worked in the computer field and used those skills to analyze data at Arizona State University as an institutional researcher. I left ASU and changed my career to counseling and I briefly worked in an Arizona Prison. Now I volunteer working with former prisoners and because of my love of data I work part-time as a book-keeper for a car repair shop. I look forward to applying my training and skills at LISC!
Laura’s free time is usually spent in the arts, either at art museums, concerts or practicing.