Dale Royal is a community development professional with 30 years of experience in financing community revitalization and economic development projects. Over his career, he has facilitated over $1 billion in transactions to develop transit, affordable housing, commercial buildings and mixed-use developments.
Currently, Dale is Executive Director of the Atlanta office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where he is responsible for driving investments in neighborhoods and in workforce development for the national nonprofit community development organization. Under his leadership, LISC has directed over $35 million in grants, loans and equity investments since 2019 in the Atlanta area.
Prior to joining LISC, Dale served for ten years at Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, where he oversaw the agency’s New Markets Tax Credit program and other public-private partnerships. Dale raised $248 million in NMTC allocation and deployed $190 million in 16 community investments. He financed major transformative projects such as the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Grady Hospital expansions, and Fort McPherson’s conversion to Tyler Perry Studios. He also launched a venture fund and several small business loan programs.
Dale is a native of Los Angeles and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.