Director, Housing Counseling Network
Lou Tisler is the Director of NCRC’s Housing Counseling Network. He is a nationally recognized leader in economic and community development having developed and implemented replicable programs for foreclosure prevention, home buyer education, affordable housing and reverse mortgage counseling. In Lou’s previous position as Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, in 12 years, he substantially increased operational funding, programming, services and staffing, leading to expanded resources to the residents of Greater Cleveland and northeast Ohio. Lou played an integral role in developing, implementing and securing funding for a statewide collaborative of organizations in Ohio focusing on foreclosure intervention and homebuying education. Lou has garnered organizational visibility that has included The Economist, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the USAToday and other various media outlets allowing for exposure and awareness the needs of affordable housing across the country.
Also, Lou held the position of Board President with the National NeighborWorks® Association, a national, DC- based, trade association that unites housing and community development practitioners to advocate for affordable housing and economic opportunities for individuals, families, communities and neighborhoods across the country. In this role, Lou led the organization to successfully secure $70 million for a pilot, national rehabilitation program.
Lou currently serves on the eHome America National Advisory Board, the Ocwen Financial Services National Community Advisory Committee, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Business Advisory Committee and serves on the boards of Home Matters and PLACE (Practitioners Leveraging Assets for Community Enhancement).
Lou previously served on the boards of the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cleveland, Leadership Center, Center for Community Solutions, the Governor’s Taskforce on Foreclosure Prevention, Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, the West Side Industrial Retention and Expansion Network and other boards across northeast Ohio.