This multimedia series about leaders of nonprofit organizations serving the central city was produced by Professor Herbert Lowe’s fall 2016 digital journalism class at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication, in partnership with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
By Dean Bibens
Running Rebels Executive Director Victor Barnett shares how his youth organization has influenced others for more than 35 years.
By Cheyenne Fischer
Executive Director Sherrie Tussler discusses how her 20-plus years of experience in nonprofits has helped grow the Hunger Task Force into the anti-hunger leader it is today.
By Maggie Glynn
CEO Andi Elliott has spent her entire career serving low-income residents at Community Advocates. She focuses on fostering a supportive environment for employees, which enables them to provide the best service to clients.
By Rachael Tank
Tyna Rule, board president of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, has a vision for improving the quality of life for area residents.
By Emily Dever
As founding president of Above the Clouds, Linda Wade inspires children from throughout the city to express themselves and follow their dreams through free dance, music and creative arts classes.
By Alexandria Bursiek
Reggie Moore, director of the Office of Violence Prevention, hopes to combat violence in Milwaukee and use his leadership skills to create change.
By Tim Haggerty
When Dennis Walton went to the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative for assistance more than a decade ago, he never expected to find a home as co-director.
By Brendan Ploen
Rafael Garcia is executive director of a nonprofit that provides critical home repairs for homeowners who could not otherwise afford them.
By John Neumann
Sarah Dollhausen was inspired by hip-hop and now she uses urban arts as a teaching technique to help Milwaukee youth at TRUE Skool.
By Lydia Slattery
Ava Hernandez, executive director of Public Allies Milwaukee, is responsible for matching AmeriCorps members with local nonprofit organizations to “lead, grow and do meaningful work.”
By Tara Schumal
As executive director of Lead2Change, Dionne Grayson and her team foster leadership skills and career readiness for teens and young adults ages 16-24.
By Nicholas Molina
Christine Neumann–Ortiz, founder and executive director of Voces De La Frontera, strives to aid immigrants through policy reform, civil aid and legal referrals.
By Aisling Hegarty
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.”
By George Herrmann
Terry Murphy, executive director of ArtWorks for Milwaukee, offers program that gives teens art-based internships within the city.
By Camille Paul
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.
By Timothy Khoury
Centro Hispano CEO Toni Rivera-Joachin takes pride in leading the oldest Latino-serving organization in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.
By Daniel Noonan
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Keith Stanley, executive director of Near West Side Partners since 2013, is spearheading redevelopment of seven communities with help from anchor institutions.