As Vice President of Community Initiatives, Ascala Sisk leads NeighborWorks America's support for comprehensive community development efforts that build vibrant local communities that provide equitable opportunities for people to thrive. Sisk oversees the Stable Communities
, Community Building and Engagement
and Healthy Homes and Communities
Initiatives and the work of these teams to elevate and strengthen local practice through grant making, technical assistance, capacity building, peer-to-peer learning, demonstration projects, stakeholder convenings, and research.
Sisk, who joined NeighborWorks America in 2008, was instrumental in the launch of NeighborWorks America's national response to the impact of the foreclosure crisis and economic recession on communities. This included the creation of the NeighborWorks Stable Communities Initiative and later the development of the Neighborhood Marketing Program and the Catalytic Grant Program. All programs designed to support community generated solutions that stabilize communities, catalyze economic recovery and improve overall quality of life for residents.
Sisk has always been motivated by the power of community and importance of place, believing that where you live, work and play is the primary determinant of one's health, wealth and happiness. Prior to joining NeighborWorks, Sisk 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.
Sisk has a master's degree in public policy with a specialization in public sector financial management from University of Maryland, College Park. Her undergraduate degree is in urban studies from Brown University.