The Center for Community Investment is pleased to announce that Ascala Sisk has joined as Director of Programs, with responsibility for designing and managing initiatives that improve health outcomes, increase opportunity, and reduce vulnerability to the effects of climate change for people and places that have suffered from disinvestment and discrimination.
"I am energized by the opportunity to join the committed team and partners at CCI who are pushing the boundaries of what it takes to bring about meaningful change in people's lives," said Sisk. "My personal and professional commitment is to advance policies and practices that treat the root causes of inequity in our communities. Focusing on how the community investment system works in the interest of community priorities is a critical piece of that work and why I am excited to join the team."
Prior to joining CCI, Ascala spent nearly a decade at NeighborWorks America, most recently as Vice President, Community Initiatives, where she led the organization's support for comprehensive community development and oversaw work to elevate and strengthen local practice through the Community Stabilization, Community Building and Engagement, Rural and Healthy Homes and Communities programs.
Before NeighborWorks, Ascala spent several years at the national nonprofit KaBOOM!, facilitating partnerships between communities and the private sector in order to create new and safe places to play. Ascala began her career at the City of Providence in the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism where she supported efforts to build a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life.
Robin Hacke, Executive Director of the Center for Community Investment, stated, "We are delighted that Ascala has joined the Center's team. We look forward to leveraging her experience and insight as we work with practitioners across the country who have an interest in achieving better outcomes for disinvested communities. Ascala will play an essential role in managing our ambitious agenda, helping communities and institutions set the stage for capital to flow by strengthening the community investment system. "
Ascala holds a Masters of Public Policy degree with a concentration in Public Sector Financial Management from the University of Maryland and a BA in Urban Studies from Brown University.