Task force of local leaders convenes to identify needs and propose solutions

November 7, 2019

To support the education and future of every child in Milwaukee, 32 local business, education, nonprofit, and civic leaders have agreed to serve on a task force designed to identify solutions leading to higher achievement for Milwaukee students. Task force members are invested leaders with deep connections to children and youth.

The task force will be co-chaired by Peter Feigin, president of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kimberly Walker, COO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and mother of an MPS graduate and a child currently enrolled in an MPS school.

The creation of the task force follows a community- wide survey conducted by Milwaukee Public Schools and a series of engagement sessions held in various MPS schools. More than 24,000 responses to the survey were received, and hundreds of Milwaukee residents attended four listening sessions in September to express opinions.

“We are grateful to the Milwaukee leaders who have stepped forward to add their energy to this task force,” said Dr. Keith P. Posley, MPS superintendent. “We look forward to hearing the input and recommendations the task force feels will continue to move the district forward.”

The task force is scheduled to meet four times, with its first meeting on Wednesday, November 6. Subsequent meetings will take place Monday, November 11; Monday, November 18; and Tuesday, December 10. All meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Bradley Tech High School. These meetings are open to the public.

“To keep moving Milwaukee forward, we need our students— our future leaders— to have a solid foundation in education,” said Larry Miller, president of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. “The collective impact of this task force will help make strides toward overcoming the financial and other limitations of the school district and open up opportunities that will benefit the entire city in the long run.”

Milwaukee Public Schools is pleased to announce the members of this new community- led task force. We thank you for your service to our children as you work to strategize for their futures:

Nicole Angresano, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Nafessa Burdine, Manpower Group

Tina Chang, Syslogic Inc.

Patricia Contreras, Rockwell Automation

Bert Davis, America’s Black Holocaust Museum

Mike Fabishak, Associated General Contractors

Peter Feigin, Milwaukee Bucks

Pam Fendt, Milwaukee Area Labor Council

Steve Francaviglia, Aurora Health Care

Antonio Guajardo, Mexican Fiesta

Ken Hanson, Hanson Dodge

Josephine Hill, North Division High School Alumna

Reggie Jackson, Nurturing Diversity Partners

John Kersey, Zilber Ltd.

Dr. Vicki Martin, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Reverend Marilyn Miller, Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH)

Dr. Mark Mone, UW–Milwaukee

Christine Neumann Ortiz, Voces de la Frontera

Jennifer O’Hear, Common Ground

Dr. Rogers Onick, Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators

Nicolo Onorato, MPS Teacher

Fred Royal, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Mark Sabljak, Sabljak & Budisch

Rachel Schlueter, MPS Teacher

Dr. Alan Shoho, UW–Milwaukee

Cathy Stagmer, Komatsu Mining Corp. Group

Teri Sullivan, Arts @ Large

Julia Taylor, Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC)

Kathy Thornton Bias, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Cendi Trujillo Tena, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT)

Kimberly Walker, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Joanne Williams, Black Nouveau