Lee Summerell

Lee Summerell

Lee joined Living Cities in 2021 as an Investment Associate with the Capital for the New Majority team and supports its efforts for Living Cities’ impact investments.

Prior to joining Living Cities, Lee worked on the small business lending team at Self-Help Credit Union where she focused on building business operations tools to aid North Carolina child cares during the uncertainty of COVID-19. Lee began her career with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts focused on corporate fundraising. She is passionate about leveraging business resources to be used as a force for good.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Davidson College and an MBA with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Contributing Articles

Living Cities Selected to the ImpactAssets 50 for 11th Year in a Row

Living Cities’ Capital for the New Majority team is thrilled to announce that Living Cities and the Catalyst Family of Funds have been selected to the ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50) for the eleventh consecutive year and named as an Emeritus Impact Manager for the second time. “Now in its eleventh year, the ImpactAssets 50™ is the most recognized free database of …

Contributing Resources

Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund 2022 Annual Report

This report summarizes Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund’s (“BCF” or the “Fund”) activities during its seventh year of operations, from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022 (FY22). The BCF portfolio is a collection of investments that work to test innovative investment approaches to address the racial wealth gap, shift power within capital systems, and achieve better outcomes for all …

Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund 2021 Annual Report

This report summarizes Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund’s (BCF) activities during its sixth year of operations, from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021 (FY21). During this fiscal year, the BCF Team fully committed the Fund as of March 31, 2021 reaching 26 investments totaling $33.5MM. The latter half of the BCF investments have been aligned with the iterated investment …

Living Cities Catalyst Fund Final Fund Report

History and Context The Living Cities collaborative turns 30 years old in 2021. During its first 15 years, Living Cities’ direct investment of $1 billion in grants and loans was leveraged 16 times over. Our resources helped move neighborhood redevelopment efforts from isolated successes to greater scale, shape federal funding programs, and build homes, stores, schools, and community facilities. In …

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