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Lisa Wise
CEO, Chief Flockster

At Flock, we work to positively impact lives every single day. My passion for mission-based work is an ideal complement to the homemaking that is an implicit part of our objective as a company. In my role, I focus on our strategic trajectory as a family of companies and ensure we are a socially responsible business with an eye toward bottom line results. Though highly committed to our success as a company, it's just as important to continue service to others.

My work has always been cause-driven, entrepreneurial, and community focused. I also thrive in a hands-on setting and enjoy highly personalized work with interesting people, places, and spaces.Since 2009, Nest DC and now the Flock family of companies have been the ideal professional setting for me and the perfect "second act" professionally.

My career launched in the non-profit sector. I served as the Executive Director of a national environmental non-profit, oversaw operations for a DC-based healthcare coalition and proudly served Planned Parenthood Federation of America for many years as a national political field manager. After a political -based career, why a service-based business? I believe forward-thinking, purpose driven businesses create real impact and meaningful change in communities.

I served four years as Board President of La Clinica del Pueblo and currently proudly serve as the Board Chair for Whitman-Walker Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center that is a national leader in affirming community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. I am also a Commissioner Mayor on the DC Condo Association Advisory Council for the District of Columbia. I'm an active member of Leadership Greater Washington and Entrepreneur Organization, EO.

When I’m not change-making and home-making, you can find me surrounded by pets and hiking Rock Creek Park with my best friend; my nine year old son Beckett.


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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