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As Executive Director of LISC Milwaukee, Donsia Strong Hill leads LISC’s strategic direction, partnership efforts and has moved LISC Milwaukee to champion “equitable economic development” in its work and the City of Milwaukee. LISC MKE’s work is focused on addressing many aspects of social determinants of health within neighborhoods that are poised for impact by downtown development. Ms. Strong Hill manages a network of relationships that spans neighborhood organizations and funders to business leaders and policymakers. Before coming to LISC, Ms. Strong Hill worked as a public finance attorney completing over $3 billion in structured finance transactions including work with community development organizations and local government to build charter schools, affordable multi-family housing as well as funding for first time homeownership. She also served as a Wisconsin cabinet secretary, a Brown County assistant district attorney, a policy analyst in the Clinton White House, and a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy. Donsia grew up in Chicago and earned a juris doctorate from John Marshall Law School. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is also a member of the inaugural class of the ACRE real estate development training program.
Ms. Strong Hill is a recipient of the Illinois State University, College of Applied Science and Technology Inaugural Hall of Fame Award and an Athena Award for service from the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. Recently, she led her team to receive LISC’s President’s Award in recognition of the office’s record breaking lending year and overall turn around at the site. She was also named a 2017 and 2018 “Powerbroker” by Milwaukee Business Journal and one of its 2018 “Women of Influence.”
Phone: (414) 930-1746
Patricia was most recently the Manager for MPS C.A.R.E.S. for the Milwaukee Public School District where she directed all aspects of operations, development, and implementation of programming. She served as the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Urban Soccer Collaborative (MUSC) for two years while also working for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a Director for 17 years. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at Cardinal Stritch University in the College of Business and Management. Patricia received her B.A. in sociology at UW-Milwaukee and Master of Business Administration at Cardinal Stritch University.
Phone: (414) 930-1759
Bess Earl's primary responsibility is to ensure the strategic alignment of neighborhood investment and development with existing and planned law enforcement initiatives in the city of Milwaukee. She will work closely with community development initiatives and law enforcement to advance common goals for the increased safety and vitality of Milwaukee neighborhoods. Most recently, Bess Earl served as the Director of the Washington Park Partners (WPP) Sustainable Communities where she oversaw neighborhood revitalization strategies. At the same time, she was the Coordinator of Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Coordinator for United Methodist Children’s Services. BCJI is a federal grant program that aims to reduce crime and improve community safety to advance overall neighborhood revitalization. Through a partnership team, including neighborhood residents, Milwaukee Police Department, and local agencies, the BCJI targeted hot spots of violent and serious crime and employed data-driven, cross-sector strategies resulting in the reduction of violent crime in Washington Park.
Bess was an AmeriCorps member for two years with the 16th Street Community Health Center and the Washington Park Partners. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently enrolled in the University of Milwaukee’s Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate Program.
Phone: (414) 930-1758
Sue joined the LISC Milwaukee team in July 2019 as the Lending and Affordable Housing Program Officer. Previously, Eick was Director of Lending Wisconsin/Iowa at IFF; the President of Legacy Redevelopment Corporation, where she managed the growth and development of the CDFI, focusing on small business and nonprofit lending in low- to moderate-income communities in Milwaukee. Her experience includes Loan Program Manager at the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation. Eick earned a degree in Business Administration from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI before beginning her career in banking and small business lending. She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional, and is the Treasurer of the City of Milwaukee North Avenue Marketplace BID32 Board, as well as the City of Wauwatosa, Chair of the Community Development Authority.
Beth Haskovec joins LISC with over 15 years of community development and nonprofit management experience. Beth is committed to public service and community development initiatives with an emphasis on utilizing the arts for revitalization. Her most recent role was as Executive Director of Artists Working in Education, where she strategically grew programs and organizational impact through aligning arts and culture with neighborhood development goals.
Previously, Beth focused on Economic Development on Milwaukee's south side. Her work included commercial corridor branding, small business technical assistance, and recruiting new business for the Silver City District. Beth received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa with a focus on nonprofit management. She currently serves on the US Board for Womankind Worldwide, and the Milwaukee County Cultural Artistic & Musical Programming Advisory Committee (CAMPAC). She is an alumna of the Peace Corps, Americorps, and the Milwaukee Forum.
Nicolas joined LISC Milwaukee in November 2018 as an Assistant Program Officer. Prior to joining LISC, Nicolas worked in Chicago in the non-profit CDFI and workforce development fields, where he lent expertise in underwriting microbusiness credit agreements and provided technical assistance to micro entrepreneurs. He received his undergrad at Indiana University, Bloomington and holds an M.A. in Economics from Roosevelt University, in Chicago.
Phone: (414) 930-1742
Nadiyah joined LISC Milwaukee in December 2018 and brings with her years of operations and communications design experience along with a background as a political operative and community organizer. She manages technical assistance for family income and wealth building programs including the Financial Opportunity Centers sites in Milwaukee. Her expertise helps shape communications for LISC Milwaukee and she assists in strengthening partnerships among community-based organizations and corporate, civic and public sector organizations. A native of Milwaukee, Nadiyah is passionate about improving the quality of life of Milwaukeeans and the condition of our communities.
Phone: (414) 930-1745
Amelia Peña has been with LISC Milwaukee since January 2011. Amelia manages all administrative functions in the office. She prepares financial contracts, tracks income and revenue, prepares donor acknowledgements, coordinates meeting logistics, and provides administrative support to our staff. Prior to her position with LISC, Amelia was the Administrative Assistant for Public Allies National Office. She is most proud to have served in the Air Force where she was a Computer Technician. Amelia spent most of her tour in the Air Force at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. She currently lives in Milwaukee with her husband, Anthony and their children, Memphis and Mila.
Phone: (414) 930-1763