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
Mariana Torres is the Assistant Program Officer on the LISC Phoenix team. Mariana brings over five years of experience in workforce development and has served individuals in various capacities, including financial coaching, career exploration, program management, and staff and organizational development. Her experience in and passion for serving the community have honed her skills as an experienced provider of support and technical assistance to the Financial Opportunity Center network.
Mariana has overseen the implementation and management of multiple Department of Labor grants that served formerly adjudicated and at-risk young adults. She was a key contributor in the execution of the APS/Friendly House linework scholarship program which aimed to assist diverse individuals with the funding necessary for training to improve skills and increase employability. Mariana led the effort to embed financial coaching and motivational interviewing as a key component in program service delivery. Over the years she has worked closely with community-based organizations, government agencies, and Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners to connect those most in need to available resources.
Mariana earned a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in Public Management and Policy from the University of Arizona, Go Cats!
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.