NEWaukeean of the Week

Chelsea Johnson

"I absolutely love living in Milwaukee now!"

By - Sep 22nd, 2014 10:36 am
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Chelsea Johnson

The perfect thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee is to grab your bike and ride the Oak Leaf Trail over to Estabrook Beer Garden. I enjoy the fun ambiance of the beer garden — especially the live polka music!

What is your job and its responsibilities?
I recently became the Talent Acquisition Manger at Menasha Packaging. I get to handle the recruiting and hiring efforts nationally for one of Wisconsin’s largest privately held companies!

I also serve on the board of directors for WGIRLS Milwaukee, a nonprofit comprised of young professional women who fundraise, volunteer, and raise awareness for other Milwaukee nonprofits that serve underprivileged women and children.

How long have you lived in Milwaukee & what brought you here?
I have lived in Milwaukee for two years now, and I moved here after my husband graduated law school and accepted a job here. I have to admit that at first I was pretty apprehensive about living in Milwaukee. My attitude, however, quickly changed once I got to know many of the amazing young professionals we have in our city through NEWaukee events — which ultimately led me to a WGIRLS meeting. I absolutely love living in Milwaukee now!

What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
My favorite Milwaukee event is the Annual WGIRLS Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. At the event held every May, we auction off dates with 24 of Milwaukee’s most eligible singles to raise money for a great cause. This year we raised over $30,000 for Penfield Children’s Center!

I am also really looking forward to WGIRLS Masquerade Ball on Sept. 25th to celebrate our 5th Anniversary. We’ll be celebrating the past five years of fundraising, volunteering and supporting of Milwaukee nonprofits with all the proceeds of the event going to great nonprofits including Playworks, English Language Partners of Wisconsin, and The Wheaton Franciscan Angel of Hope Clinic.

What is the perfect thing to do in Milwaukee on a Sunday afternoon?
The perfect thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee is to grab your bike and ride the Oak Leaf Trail over to Estabrook Beer Garden. I enjoy the fun ambiance of the beer garden — especially the live polka music!

What do you think of Milwaukee as a place to socialize and play? 
I think Milwaukee is an awesome place to socialize and play. We have so many amazing festivals, free concerts, and events to take advantage of that it can sometimes be hard to plan out a weekend because there’s so much to do!

What’s your favorite place to grab coffee?
My favorite place to grab coffee is at the Colectivo on Humboldt because if you get there early in the morning, they roast coffee beans right in front of you. It also doesn’t hurt that the food and baked goods are delicious.

6 thoughts on “NEWaukeean of the Week: Chelsea Johnson”

  1. Kat says:

    I’d love to see an article about someone who LOVES MILWAUKEE but lives at 27th and North or 11th and Mitchell. Turn your eyes away from the gleam of the lakefront and talk about the rest of the city that isn’t on the front of a tourism brochure.

  2. Jason Biernat says:

    7th and Oklahoma and you betcha I love Milwaukee!

  3. Andy says:

    Kat, the irony of your comment is that most of the things this person loves about Milwaukee are free… the oakleaf, free concerts, free festivals… things that people of any income could take advantage of.

  4. Gerry says:

    32nd and Lisbon for 26 years (a stone’s throw from 27th and North) and we love Milwaukee too! Sure we have issues here, but we are surrounded by many good folks doing the right thing. We will take anyone who loves Milwaukee no matter where they live, we are all in this together. Kat, your point is well taken though, the good news is that we Milwaukee lovers are out there all over town.

  5. MilwaukeeLover says:

    I hail from the city’s North side. I LOVE Milwaukee! This place is amazing and so very underrated. I am constantly reminded how good I have it here and seeing all of the new development and projects happening around the city make me a proud Milwaukeean. It’s a great time to live in Milwaukee.

  6. Casey says:

    6th and Vienna checking. Didn’t grow up here and had a negative view of Millwaukee until I actually started living. here. Absolutly love this city.
    (now if only we could get a bus going down Keefe Ave 🙂 )

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