George Ashton is Managing Director of Strategic Investments with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and President of LISC Fund Management, LLC (LFM). George leads LISC and LFM’s mission driven real estate and private equity funds, community investments accelerator initiatives, and venture investments. He and his team pursue a range of high-impact investments that create jobs, fuel small businesses, revitalize commercial areas, improve housing, expand local incomes and make communities safer and stronger. Since joining LISC, George has already launched dozens of impact funds, direct investments, and a multi-city community investments accelerator with aggregate values of over $900M.
George previously served as co-founder and president of Sol System, a Washington, D.C.-based renewable energy investment firm. There, he worked closely with multinational banks, insurers and energy providers on innovative funds and financial structures, deploying more than $1 billion in tax equity, cash equity and debt over the last decade into renewable energy projects.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Ashton volunteers his time for a variety of Washington, D.C.-area organizations, including the Washington Jesuit Academy and the HERO Initiative, both focused on youth education; Community Ministries of Rockville, which addresses the housing and financial needs of homeless and formerly incarcerated people; and Grid Alternatives, a non-profit providing free solar installations to families in need and training workers from underserved areas to install those systems.