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Newaukeean of the Week

Andy Monfre

This lifelong Milwaukeean wants the city to be a leader in fair housing policies and to improve the quality of its schools.

By - Jun 3rd, 2013 10:11 am
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Andy Monfre

Andy Monfre

How long have you lived in Milwaukee and why did you choose to move here?
I’ve lived in the Milwaukee area my whole life and have lived downtown for the past seven years.  After I graduated from UW-La Crosse, I knew I wanted to come back to Milwaukee to begin my professional career.  Most of my family still lives in the Milwaukee area and it made it a great place to come home to.  What other big city can you live and work in the heart of downtown yet drive to your parents’ suburban home for dinner within 15 minutes?


What about Milwaukee makes it a city where you want to work, live and play?
Everything in Milwaukee is so accessible.  For a relatively small “big” city, Milwaukee has some incredible things to offer: award winning parks, world renowned music and ethnic festivals, top tier professional sports, and a growing theater and arts community.  While many cities have similar offerings, none are as small yet diverse as Milwaukee.  Milwaukee is just big enough to draw and host world class events, but small enough that we can all enjoy them without overpaying or sitting in endless lines or traffic.  It really is the big city with the small town feel.

What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
While not yet a yearly event, Milwaukee Brewer playoff baseball is definitely my favorite.

What is one thing you’d like to see change about Milwaukee?
Milwaukee still ranks as one of the most segregated cities in the country.  I’d love to see Milwaukee be a leader in fair housing policies, neighborhood revitalization programs, and policies aimed at improving the quality of inner city schools.

What do you do?
I work as an attorney for Aurora Health Care.  Outside of work, I coach high school and youth basketball and volunteer with the Milwaukee Miracle League.

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