Keith Stanley, executive director of Near West Side Partners since 2013, is spearheading redevelopment of seven communities with help from anchor institutions.
Centro Hispano CEO Toni Rivera-Joachin takes pride in leading the oldest Latino-serving organization in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.
Jill Kline, vice president of community impact programs at the Wisconsin Humane Society, helped establish Pets For Life, which makes information and resources available to pet owners in North Side neighborhoods including Amani, Harambee and Metcalfe Park.
Terry Murphy, executive director of ArtWorks for Milwaukee, offers program that gives teens art-based internships within the city.
Growing up in the Amani neighborhood, Ryan Graham knew his family and his neighbors faced serious challenges but he never felt limited by those conditions.
From the time she joined PEARLS for Teen Girls 13 years ago as a peer facilitator, Executive Director Gerry Howze has stayed focused on supporting young women to “disrupt and rewrite generational cycles of poverty.”
Christine Neumann–Ortiz, founder and executive director of Voces De La Frontera, strives to aid immigrants through policy reform, civil aid and legal referrals.
Ajamou Butler, 25, a spoken-word poet and founder of Milwaukee’s Heal the Hood block parties, says the challenges he’s faced — even recent ones — have put him in a position to assist individuals who find themselves in similar situations.
As executive director of Lead2Change, Dionne Grayson and her team foster leadership skills and career readiness for teens and young adults ages 16-24.
About 250 black men, who volunteered to mentor an equal number of boys, braved severe weather to share wisdom and fellowship.