Carter makes history as Milwaukee’s first African American female Municipal Port Director

March 9, 2023

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Jackie Q. Carter (left) celebrated Black History Month this year by making a little history of her own when she became the first African American and the first female Municipal Port Director of Milwaukee following a swearing in ceremony at City Hall on February 23, 2023.

As Port Director, Carter will direct commercial and recreational operations at Port Milwaukee, oversee a staff of 20, and administer Foreign Trade Zone No. 41. Mayor Cavalier Johnson appointed Carter in January and the Milwaukee Common Council confirmed her appointment earlier during Black History Month 2023.

Carter is a life-long resident of Milwaukee and has worked in the local non-profit and public sectors for more than 20 years. Her most recent position was as the Finance & Administrative Officer for Port Milwaukee, where she provided oversight of all Port business operations, including its financial, human resource and administrative functions. She has been integral in helping to shape the department’s strategic planning and grant funding efforts.

She earned a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Public Administration from Concordia University; as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Alverno College with a double major in Business and Management and Professional Communication. Carter is also a wife, mother and minister.