Members of the Commission
Andrew J. Mooney is the Executive
Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago (LISC). Founded 30 years ago, LISC is a not-for-profit development intermediary that provides grants, loans and equity—as well as technical assistance—to community organizations engaged in the revitalization of their neighborhoods. Under Mr. Mooney’s leadership, LISC/ Chicago has become one of the nation’s leading community development agencies. Since 1996, he has raised approximately $120 million in grants and loans to invest in the city’s neighborhoods, leading in turn to the development of approximately 23,000 units of housing, 2.5 million square feet of commercial space, and numerous community facilities, leveraging over $2.5 billion in total investment. Mr. Mooney and his colleagues are best known for cutting-edge community development strategies that have become national models, including the New Communities Program (NCP), a comprehensive effort at neighborhood development supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Other initiatives include the Centers for Working Families; Elev8, a community schools program; the Chicago Neighborhood News Bureau (CNNB); the Digital Excellence Demonstration Communities (DEDC); and Neighborhood Sports Chicago. Mr. Mooney has devoted his career to community development and has held leadership positions in a number of agencies. Early in his career, he led the Chicago Housing Authority, and in more recent years, served a second term on the CHA board, co-authoring the latter’s groundbreaking “Plan for Transformation.” He has been on the governing boards of a number of public and private agencies, and is currently a member of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. A native of Chicago, Mr. Mooney is a graduate, summa cum laude, of the University of Notre Dame, and of the University of Chicago, where he was a Danforth Fellow.
The Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy