Michael Levine is the retired former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (“LISC”), a non-profit that provides financing, technical assistance and other support for the revitalization of communities in over 31 cities and dozens of rural areas across the country. He currently serves as a part time Strategic Advisor to LISC and is available for other work.
During his 32 years at LISC Mr. Levine headed the Legal, Administrative Services and Grants and Contracts Management departments. He also served as President of The Retail Initiative, Inc., a LISC subsidiary that financed eight inner-city supermarket-anchored shopping centers, and as President of Local Initiatives Managed Assets Corporation, a LISC subsidiary that purchased community development financing loans. He was Chairman of the Boards of Directors of two other LISC subsidiaries, including one that helped remediate mold conditions in over 2,000 homes, and helped rebuild 500 homes, affected by Hurricane Sandy. He also served as LISC’s representative on the board of the National Community Stabilization Trust. Mr. Levine is a founding member of LISC’s Rural Advisory Committee, and continues to serve on that Committee.
In 2012 he received a Cornell Law School Exemplary Public Service Award, and in 2014 he was named by the National Law Journal as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel. In 2017 he and the LISC Legal Department were recognized by the Financial Times as being among the most innovative lawyers in North America.
Prior to joining LISC, Mr. Levine clerked for a federal judge, and was in private practice for four years. He graduated magna cum laude from Williams College and Cornell Law School.
Mr. Levine lives with his husband and their two dogs, splitting their time between Brooklyn and Poughkeepsie.