Our Next Generation, a community nonprofit that serves the youth and families of central Milwaukee, today announced the appointment of La Toya Sykes as Our Next Generation’s president and chief executive officer effective October 20, 2014. Ms. Sykes replaces former President and CEO Robert Dunn, who led the agency for more than 10 years and leaves to pursue a well-earned retirement.
“We welcome La Toya’s experience and leadership to the ONG community,” said John Dawson, chair of Our Next Generation’s Board of Directors. “Her energy, enthusiasm, and expertise in the nonprofit field mean exciting new things for Our Next Generation.”
Ms. Sykes brings more than 10 years of nonprofit leadership to her new role, having previously served as Associate Director of the YMCA facilitating fund development projects across 40 states and the District of Columbia, and as the Director of Outreach and Access Awareness for Great Lakes Higher Education. In 2012 she founded Dampeer & Canady LLC, a consultant firm that helps organizations improve performance through strategic planning, project management, community engagement and development services, and has worked as the Managing Director since.
Ms. Sykes is an engaged member of the greater Milwaukee community. Currently, Ms. Sykes serves as President of the Board for Lead2Change, a youth service organization whose mission is to empower and inspire youth to be catalysts for change in their communities. She is also active on the board of African World Festival and the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. She is on the board of trustees for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Committee for Carroll University.
In the past, Ms. Sykes has served as a member of the National College Access Network, on the Ohio Board of Regents Student Access and Success Coordinating Council, and as the Vice-Chair of the National Council for Higher Education Loan Programs – College Access Initiative. Additionally, she spent two years as Co-Chair of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators – Family Educational Concerns Committee and the three inaugural years of the State of Wisconsin’s College Goal Sunday program as the Statewide Coordinator. Ms. Sykes has also been involved with the Board of Governors for the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, the Advisory Board of Admission Possible – Milwaukee and the Board of the Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition, and she is an active participant on numerous state and national associations related to business development, community collaborations, financial aid, financial literacy & college access.
Ms. Sykes served in the United States Army. She received her Associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Milwaukee Area Technical College, a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Communication from Concordia University Wisconsin, and her Master of Science in Human Services with a Concentration in Community Counseling Psychology from Springfield College.