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What does i+c mean?

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” 

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inspired by these words of Martin Luther King, Jr., this firm is based on the fundamental principle that intelligence alone is not enough in this world.  Our work must be rooted in a commitment to make the world better.  We need to lead by example.  We should deliver on our promises with steadfast reliability.  And we have a duty to further the values we wish to see in this world:

industriousness + collaboration

involvement + community

ingenuity + creativity

insight + courage

intuition + care

i+c Consulting is a firm focused on finance, real estate, and construction for urban organizations.  Founded by Lisa Desfosses, the firm works with public, quasi-public, non-profit, and corporate clients. 

About Lisa


Lisa Desfosses has over 21 years of real estate, finance, capital planning, operations, facility maintenance, and strategic planning experience, with the last 12 spent in K-12 education.  Lisa spent nine years at Achievement First, a charter management organization with 34 public schools across three states, ultimately serving as the Deputy CFO and VP of Facilities & Capital Finance.  She then spent two years as the Interim CFO for Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, MA and has consulted


with helped numerous charter schools -- both large and small -- with strategic finance and real estate needs.  Lisa’s technical skills, experience ‘in the trenches’, clear communication, and negotiation strategy yield results over and over again.


Lisa grew up in Baltimore and earned her BA from Harvard College.  She has an MBA from Yale School of Management with a concentration in public management and a MEd from The Broad Residency focusing on educational leadership.


Lisa lives with her husband and three children in New Haven, Connecticut.  

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