Anisha Steephen is the Director of Real Estate at Spaceworks, the premier nonprofit cultural space developer in NYC. Her experience is focused in successful public-private partnerships that support investments and asset building in low-wealth communities to advance affordable housing and equitable economic growth. Previously, Anisha was a Senior Investment Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the nation’s largest Community Development Financial Institutions where she founded the economic development lending and policy practice for NYC. She also worked in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs and at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. She is co-author of the book Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning (2015).