George E. Ashton III is Managing Director of Strategic Investments with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Mr. Ashton leads LISC’s multi-dimensional effort pursuing 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. The Opportunity Zone legislation falls squarely within that mission and is his first point of focus at LISC. Mr. Ashton previously served as co-founder and president of Sol System, a Washington, D.C.-based renewable energy investment firm. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Mr. Ashton volunteers his time for a variety of Washington, D.C.-area organizations, including the Washington Jesuit Academy and the HERO Initiative; Community Ministries of Rockville; and Grid Alternatives. Mr. Ashton is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. He earned his MBA from the University of Maryland.