Lisa Servon

Lisa J. Servon is Professor and former dean at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She teaches in the Urban Policy Program at Milano and conducts research in the areas of urban poverty, community development, economic development, and issues of gender and race. Specific areas of expertise include the financial lives of low-income communities, microenterprise development, and capacity-building for community-based organizations.

Servon’s current research focuses on the alternative financial services industry. Her work has been funded by the Open Society Institute, the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and others. She spent 2004-2005 as a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Servon is the author and editor of numerous journal articles and four books: Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology, Community, and Public Policy (Blackwell 2002); Bootstrap Capital: Microenterprises and the American Poor (Brookings 1999); Gender and Planning: A Reader (With Susan Fainstein, Rutgers University Press 2005); and, Otra Vida es Posible: Practicas Economicas Alternativas Durante la Crisis (With Manuel Castells, Joana Conill, Amalia Cardenas and Sviatlana Hlebik. UOC Press 2012).

Servon holds a B.A in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A in History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

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