LIIF Welcomes New Directors of SPARCC and ECE

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The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) is excited to announce two additions to our organization. Sondra Ford is LIIF’s new Director of the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). Angie Garling will lead LIIF’s early care and education (ECE) team as our National ECE Director.

“Sondra and Angie are highly respected leaders in the community development and early care and education fields and will bring a wealth of experience to our growing organization,” said Kimberly Latimer-Nelligan, Chief Operating Officer & EVP, Community Investments and Programs. “I am thrilled to have such talented professionals to lead our SPARCC and ECE programs to their next stage of growth.”

Sondra Ford, SPARCC Initiative Director
SPARCC is a national initiative that supports locally driven efforts to grow, invest and build regions more equitably. Ms. Ford joins at the initiative’s two-year mark to help build on the program’s momentum following its recent national anti-displacement convening.

“SPARCC is a national model for advancing community-led solutions and ensuring that new investments reduce racial disparities, build a culture of health and prepare for a changing climate,” said Ms. Ford. “SPARCC is working on some of the most important and timely issues for our country. I look forward to working alongside our partners and the SPARCC regions to build on the initiative’s successes and expand investment in more equitable and healthy communities.”

Ms. Ford has spent more than 25 years working in community development as both a lender and a developer in Chicago and New York City. She previously served as a Vice President of Community Development Banking at JPMorgan Chase, where she was responsible for national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lending relationships. Prior to that, she served as a Vice President of Community Development (First National Bank of Chicago) and the Director of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (Illinois Housing Development Authority). As a developer, Ms. Ford spearheaded affordable housing projects including tax credit projects and the construction and rehabilitation of senior housing and single family homes. Ms. Ford holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from The University of Michigan. She will be based in LIIF’s New York office.

Angie Garling, National ECE Director
LIIF’s early care and education work began in California and has since expanded to robust programs in New York City and Washington, DC. Ms. Garling will continue to grow this sector at LIIF, which to date has invested more than $150 million to create and preserve 270,000 ECE slots nationwide.

“For 20 years, LIIF has been at the leading edge of investing in ECE and forging public-private partnerships to improve the quality of and access to early care and education across the country,” said Ms. Garling. “We know a child’s early years are critical to their future wellbeing, and providing high quality ECE is one of the best investments we can make as a nation. After working alongside LIIF for many years, I’m delighted to join the team in its work to increase access to quality care for families and children.”

Ms. Garling is joining LIIF after more than 18 years as Alameda County’s ECE Program Administrator where she was responsible for the development and implementation of federal, state, and local ECE programs, as well as family support programs. For nearly 25 years, she has served as an advocate, funder, policy analyst, researcher and program developer dedicated to quality care and education for all children. In the early 2000s, Ms. Garling partnered to launch the Local Investment in Child Care (LINCC) Consulting Group through which she advised California counties on strategies to connect ECE to land use and smart growth. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her Masters in Educational Psychology and Human Development from UC Berkeley. Ms. Garling will be based in San Francisco.