Oramenta Newsome Community Development Fellow

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: Washington, DC

Job Function: Intern/Work Study


What We Do

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

Strategies We Pursue

  • Equip talent in underinvested communities with the skills and credentials to compete successfully for quality income and wealth opportunities.
  • Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to catalyze economic, health, safety and educational mobility for individuals and communities.
  • Strengthen existing alliances while building new collaborations to increase our impact on the progress of people and places.
  • Develop leadership and the capacity of partners to advance our work together.
  • Drive local, regional, and national policy and system changes that foster broadly shared prosperity and well-being.

Since 1979, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $29.7 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment, and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 38 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Francisco and in 2,400 rural counties across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Visit us at www.lisc.org


Oramenta Newsome Community Development Fellowship

The fellowship is a ten-week (late May to early August) full-time paid fellowship opportunity for individuals who have exhibited a keen interest in community development and want to support affordable housing, economic development, sustainability, and safety projects in the D.C. region. This year’s fellowship will have a place-based focus with fellows supporting local nonprofits in DC’s Ward 8 and surrounding neighborhoods. This aligns with LISC DC’s premier initiative, Elevating Equity, which is devoted to fostering equitable and inclusive development in the neighborhoods (Historic Anacostia, Fairlawn, Hillsdale, Navy Yard, Capitol Hill) surrounding the future site of the 11th Street Bridge Park.

Oramenta Newsome served as Executive Director of LISC DC for nearly 25 years. Throughout her life, Oramenta balanced a deeply rooted neighborhood orientation with a national perspective. She dedicated decades to making Washington, DC a global city that benefited neighborhood residents. Oramenta believed that all people want the same quality of life in their neighborhood – a home, a job, and access to resources and amenities.

By continuing to invest in projects and initiatives that help to balance the income disparity and promote equity and inclusion, we are one step closer towards realizing her vision for Washington, DC – an inclusive, community-driven, and equitable city. With this fellowship, we are creating a lasting legacy and honoring her commitment to community development.

What You Need to Know About the Fellowship:

  • Fellows will be placed with local nonprofit community development organizations pursuing projects in sustainability across Washington D.C. Example nonprofits include affordable housing developers, workforce training providers, organizations supporting small businesses and commercial corridors, etc.
  • At the direction of the nonprofit organizations, fellows will work with the nonprofit to support and engage with local small businesses, residents and other stakeholders that they serve on a daily basis. More information can be found here.
  • Fellows will work full-time (approximately 35 hours per week) for 10 weeks and will be paid at a rate of $22 per hour.
  • The fellow class (expected to be approximately five to six individuals) will start in May 2024. LISC will provide the fellows with a comprehensive experience that will include an orientation, seminar series, neighborhood tours, ongoing mentorship, and a final presentation of their work.


Under the supervision of the staff of LISC’s nonprofit partners, Newsome Fellows will work on a range of tasks depending on the partner organization. Sample tasks include:

  • Work with the nonprofit partner to support local inclusive economic development initiatives.
  • Assemble key information about the community for the nonprofit partner by conducting outreach to small businesses, local residents and other key stakeholders to gather data and discern qualitative insights on the current landscape in the community.
  • Support research around how to steward federal resources to local nonprofit affordable housing complexes and resident cooperatives.
  • Support place-based initiatives such as creative placemaking, arts and culture, etc. that honors the unique culture and histories of Ward 8 neighborhoods.
  • Develop press materials highlighting the economic development work of nonprofit partner.
  • Coordinate and support nonprofit partners with local event planning and distribution of external resources.
  • Provide on-going logistic and administrative support for nonprofit partner as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and two years of working experience or in pursuit of an advanced degree or High School diploma with six years of related professional experience.
  • Familiarity and/or working knowledge of community development issues including affordable housing, small business development, workforce development, or economic development preferred.
  • Willingness to work at least 3 days in person, in an office environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience engaging in community outreach.
  • Experience conducting surveys, stakeholder interviews, and focus groups a plus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and representatives from the nonprofit and private sector.
  • Capacity to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and projects, set priorities for a challenging workload, and be a positive, solution-oriented professional.
  • Ability to approach work with a great sense of humility, and strong interest in and passion for community impact.
  • Familiarity and/or working knowledge of the DC region and the communities we serve is a plus.
  • Must have the capability to work remotely, including access to a working laptop or computer, internet and phone.
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin or Amharic may be helpful (but not required) as these languages are common in the communities we serve.

Compensation and Benefits

Fellows will work full-time (approximately 35 hours per week) for 10 weeks and will be paid at a rate of $22 per hour.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit here.