LACE Board of Directors

Nathan Hernandez

Nathan HernandezNathan Hernandez  (Treasurer & VP) is a career public servant having worked in the legislative and executive branches in Kentucky state government as well as on electoral campaigns for local candidates. Nathan currently serves as a financial examiner within the Public Protection Cabinet supervising financial institutions, primarily credit unions, across the state. Nathan is also an alumnus of the AmeriCorps VISTA program working at the American Printing House for the Blind where he managed a nationwide literacy program for visually impaired children enrolling 300 additional families. He is a current board member with the Louisville Association for Community Economics (LACE). 

Born in south Texas, raised in eastern Kentucky, Nathan moved to Louisville to attend the University of Louisville where he majored in Economics and minored in Political Science. He also attended Marist College graduating with a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Government and Nonprofit Management. In his free time, Nathan is an avid runner, sports fan, concertgoer, and season ticket holder with the Actor’s Theater of Louisville and Louisville City FC.

 

Lisa Markowitz

Lisa Markowitz is a proud Community Grocery Owner, and since 2017 has been a member of the UofL research team partnering with LACE.

As a teacher, researcher, and activist, Lisa has been involved with matters of food and politics for close to two decades. and sees these three endeavors as intertwined. At U of L, where she teaches Anthropology, she has developed six different food courses, including one called Food Justice, and takes great pleasure in engaging students with local food activism. Her own research has dealt with rural food security and sovereignty in South America, and here in the U.S., with food policy and the creation of alternative agrifood institutions (like food coops). Over the years, Lisa has worked closely with the Community Farm Alliance, serving on the Board and leading the research for the Louisville Community Food Assessment. She was also a member of the Louisville Food Security Working Group and the short-lived Louisville Food Policy Council. She is on the Board of Sustainable Louisville (SAL) and served for six years on the Executive Board, two as President, of the Culture& Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological.

Clara Núñez

Clara Núñez (VP) is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, speaks fluent Spanish and English and she has lived in Louisville since 2000. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnical University in Guayaquil, Ecuador with a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University Carlos III de Madrid in Madrid, Spain. 

She serves on the board of La Casita Center, and the Site Based Decision Making Board at Harmony Elementary School in Oldham County 

She works with the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) SDOP is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church that enters in partnership with low income community groups who own, control and directly benefit from the project they are presenting for funding. 

She is a licensed real estate agent.

Randy C Webber

Randy WebberRandy Webber brings more than 30 years of management experience in the nonprofit 501c3 sector. In his current employment position, he manages donor relations and ensures compliance with the terms of all federal grants. He designs and maintain relational databases and use those repositories to track financial activity by clients and donors alike. Randy’s education includes the M.Div. and the Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Staff

Tiffany Michelle Brown

Co-Executive Director

Having worked in the legal industry and successfully managed community-based reform efforts, I have created a reputation as a powerful advocate for equity and racial justice. My advocacy for the issues for which I advocate is grounded in my personal experiences. My passion and life’s purpose for this work can’t be replicated.

I have served as the first Chief Equity and Implementation Officer for the City of Lexington charged with building out and implementing the recommendations on the Mayor’s Commission on Race, Justice and Equality. Prior to this, I advocated for equity through a lens of racial and social justice at the Center for Social Justice at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. As a social justice advocate, I believe that it is imperative for community-based reformers and institutional policy makers to work together to achieve sustainable and meaningful solutions.

A true consensus builder and passionate connection maker, I have a talent for communicating to multiple stakeholders and helping synthesize multiple perspectives to come up with a shared vision and set of goals. My dedication to public service and advocacy, as well as my gift for telling the story and narrative of my practice and life’s work in a connected, authentic way that resonates with audiences, is fueled by my own trials and triumphs and the countless stories of people who continue to be unfairly met with systemic barriers.

My past professional and personal experiences have ignited within me a passion for being intentional in my work and created an unrelenting desire to be an agent of change. I routinely engage in thought leadership and partnerships surrounding my deep commitment to empowering young people to develop their own voice and be their own agents of change.

Joseph O A Bowens

Co-Executive Director

Meet Joseph Olusegun Askia Bowens the Culture Creator. Joseph is a high achieving business owner, banking professional, and personal development speaker. Since 2016 Joseph has impacted the local community with his enthusiastic energy which is driven by his personal evolution that began in 2017. Joseph says he didn’t start living limitless until he faced himself. Now, he uses experiences from his life journey along with yoga styles (Ashtanga and Kundalini) to educate others on mastering their fate to become limitless in their professional and personal endeavors.

Joseph founded BOW Escrow Servicing, a mortgage escrow reconciling company that monitors escrow transactions and ensures audit readiness. Since 2020, BOW Escrow Servicing has worked with five different real estate investors, one Financial Institution, and advised countless individuals on their primary home mortgage.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) minoring in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), a Certification in Financial Planning from Morgan State University, is a certified expert in Agile Project Management and recently finished world renowned motivational speaker Dr. Eric Thomas’s spiritual program to obtain a Mastery of Faith for Personal Excellence Certification which equips him to construct plans for individuals to focus their energy on accomplishing high risk objectives. Out of the group his most prized achievement is his degree from IWU. Joseph uses that accomplishment as a testament enlightening others they don’t know how limitless they can become until they tackle an objective someone says they can’t do.

Joseph is not all business yet he is always determined! When not working he plays paintball when he can, partakes in battle of wits playing chess, making memories with his wife, and actively searches for thrills! Only in his 30s, Joseph is on track to be a global influencer. He is happiest with his wife Timalyn raising their daughter who is active as 3 children.

 

LACHLAN ‘Lachie’ CAIRNS

Deli Up Project Manager

Lachlan Cairns, originally from Australia, graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2005 and moved to Louisville in 2019. He lived and worked in over 6 countries and visited over 20 others. While abroad he witnessed the harm lack of equity and equality can do and the effects that it can have on populations and individuals alike. As part of a single journey to India he was able to raise enough funds to build a locally owned and operated clean water station in the state of Tamil Nadu. He is committed to fight for food justice in his new home, especially the neighborhoods of Portland and Shawnee where he and his wife live. In his free time, he is passionate about hiking with his dogs, history podcasts, and all things sports.