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.
Jessica L. Gonzalez serves as Program Officer advancing equitable economic development strategies that support small businesses utilizing 10 years' of experience advancing entrepreneurship and innovation in the Phoenix region. Complimentarily, Jessica also brings experience in nonprofit management and program development.
Previously, Jessica served in varying roles at the city of Phoenix, including a role as Business Librarian and Manager of the hive @ central entrepreneur resource center and Project Manager over economic development programs in Neighborhood Services. Jointly, these roles allowed for the redesigning of programs and support services that speak to the needs of businesses from startup to mature business owners.
Jessica is a graduate from Arizona State University earning a Master in Public Administration, and concentration Nonprofit Leadership; as well as, Rutgers University earning a Bachelor of Science in American Studies, minor in Sociology.
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.
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.