After a difficult transition in executive leadership, we came together. Echoing sentiments of the Latino community at the time of our founding, we shared a message. “We’re here. And we’re not going anywhere.”
Our resilience was tested. With resolve, we found our footing.
Anchored by the strength of each other, the goodwill of our partners, and the support of our funders, we put the dreams of our community first.
CENTER: LEDC’s Executive Director Gustavo Velasquez and Board Chair Noralisa Leo
We come from different walks of life. We’re small business coaches, tenant organizers, housing counselors, and loan officers – supported by passionate administrative staff.
In 2013, LEDC staff influenced the direction of housing and small business policy in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County. Bringing local expertise to the development of new comprehensive housing strategies and plans to improve policy and regulatory frameworks for small businesses, LEDC helped level the playing field for residents and entrepreneurs.