Opening doors to economic opportunity 
across the state

Monday, June 11

Get A fresh perspective

The Wisconsin Reinvestment Summit will bring together community-based organizations, financial institutions and public officials to collaborate on strategies to open doors to economic opportunity across the state.

Who Should Attend

• Advocacy and organizing groups working on economic justice issues
• Community leaders and faith-based institutions
• Affordable housing and housing counseling organizations
• Fair housing and civil rights organizations
• Community Development Financial Institutions
• Financial Institutions
• Neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization groups
• Academics and foundations
• Social service providers and government agencies
• Local small businesses and business development agencies

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

The Italian Community Center 

631 E Chicago St.

Milwaukee, WI 53202 


8:15 AM - 8:50 AM

Light Breakfast & Registration

9:00 AM - 10:20 AM


Kevin Hill, CRA Manager; NCRC


The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has invested over $980 billion in communities since 1990. Find out how banks are rated on CRA exams and how you can influence that rating. Learn how to perform a quick data analysis on a bank’s performance and how to comment to federal regulators on bank acquisition and merger proposals. This session will use lending data for Milwaukee as its case study.


Joe’Mar Hooper, Wisconsin Market Leader; CommonBond Communities Wisconsin

Stephanie Harling, Executive Director; Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation 


Generational renters can be intimidated by the process of homeownership and unaware of the benefits. How do we help strong candidates for homeownership take the next step? Join us to learn about innovative programs to help prospective homeowners take that next step, and to discuss what additional supports are needed to make homeownership a reality for more families in Wisconsin.


Mary Patoka, President and CEO; CAP Services, Inc.

Kenneth Little, Commercial Corridor Manager, Department of City Development; City of Milwaukee

Wendy Baumann, President and CVO; Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation


Small businesses matter. They are an economic engine, employing 1.2 million people across the state of Wisconsin. How do we help existing women and minority-owned small businesses scale up and increase the overall number of small businesses in Wisconsin? This session will focus on what opportunities already exists and what else needs to be done to support this important part of the local economy.

10:30 AM - 11:50 AM


Bridget Clementi, Vice President, Community Health; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin


Today, your zip code is a stronger predictor of your health than your genetic code. As hospitals merge and grow into major anchor institutions, what is their responsibility to serve low-income and underinvested communities beyond providing access to care? How can community groups work with hospitals to ensure that they are investing in the local economy and creating opportunities for wealth building? 


Nolan Zaroff, Senior Planner, Department of City Development; City of Milwaukee

Donsia Strong Hill, Executive Director; LISC Milwaukee

Tony Panciera, Director, MKE United; Greater Milwaukee Committee

Fred Royal, President; NAACP Milwaukee


How do we preserve and expand affordable housing and small businesses opportunity amid threats of gentrification? What is the City of Milwaukee doing in anticipation, what lessons have local leaders learned from other communities facing similar hurdles and how do we create a  path to more equitable and sustainable development. 


Jamaal Smith, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager; YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Pastor Jerome Smith Sr., Co-Founder; The Joseph Project

Tim McMurtry, Director; Milwaukee Area Workforce Funding Alliance


Between 1979 and 2000 Milwaukee County lost 47% of its manufacturing jobs. As large corporations are choosing to relocate to Wisconsin, how do we ensure that all individuals benefit from these economic opportunities? How are local organizations adapting their workforce development programing to meet today’s needs, what new possibilities are there for innovate partnerships, and what do community members need to keep in mind as the job market continues to change?

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


1:45 PM - 3:00 PM


Willie Wade, Chief Marketing Officer, Employ Milwaukee

Linda Ketchum, Executive Director; Madison-Area Urban Ministry

Ray Woodruff, Employment Program Manger; Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Shanyell McCloud, Executive Director; Second Chance Staffing Services


Wisconsin’s mass incarceration takes a toll on individuals, on families and, on entire communities. What can we do collectively to help Wisconsin’s citizens returning from prison secure jobs with livable wages so they can rebuild their lives and strengthen our communities? What are organizations already doing to meet these individual’s needs, thus allowing them to earn a livable wage and access affordable housing to return successfully and sustain their families?


Lamont Davis, Program Director; Community First

Wyman Winston, Executive Director; Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority

Dorothy York, Associate Director; ACTS Housing 

Shannon Boone, Director of Real Estate Development; Layton Boulevard West Neighbors


Wisconsin’s housing stock is aging, and requires new capital for home repair and rehab. Let’s discuss what financing models are working well, how we can promote them, and identify what new and innovative funding opportunities are needed to expand this important work. 


Kevin Davenport, Director of Organizing; NCRC

Bethany Sanchez, Director of Fair Lending; Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council 


This is a time for community leaders to meet and envision what economic justice looks like for Milwaukee. During this session attendees will begin building the advocacy strategy for Milwaukee after the Reinvest Wisconsin Summit, and identify what next steps need to be taken.