Newaukeean of the Week

Jackie Sitkowski

She works with Habitat Young Professionals and loves the city's unpretentiousness.

By - May 20th, 2013 12:55 pm
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Jackie Sitkowski

Jackie Sitkowski

How long have you lived in Milwaukee and why did you choose to live here?
I have lived in Milwaukee for about seven years.  I moved to Milwaukee from the Chicago suburbs to attend Marquette University and never left.  I choose to stay because Milwaukee is the perfect sized city for me, I can live close to the lake in a great neighborhood and, most importantly, I have met some amazing people that make living here worthwhile.

What about Milwaukee makes it a place that you want to work, live, and play?
To me, Milwaukee is the perfect mix of a city that has a lot going on, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.  The lakefront is gorgeous; there are tons of great neighborhoods, restaurants, and of course, people.

What is your favorite Milwaukee event?

I love going to the farmers’ market at South Shore Park in Bay View on Saturday mornings in the summer.

What is one thing you’d like to change about Milwaukee?
I would like to see Milwaukee not top the lists for the most racially segregated cities in the nation.

What do you do?
Last summer, I finished up serving as an AmeriCorps member for two years doing new construction with Milwaukee Habitat.  Now, I work in the volunteer department at Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity.  One of the best parts of my job is working with HYP (Habitat Young Professionals) and seeing how many YPs really do care about Habitat’s mission and Milwaukee!


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