"I think the city is at this wonderfully exciting time when the next generation is starting to take leadership roles and have a voice in their community."
What is your job and its responsibilities?
I am the Director of Special Events at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Over the past seven years I’ve worked with a fantastic development department to raise funds and produce donor events for the Museum. We bring to life events, such as MAM After Dark, Yoga @ the Museum, the Museum’s black tie gala Bal du Lac, and our largest event Lakefront Festival of Art, just to name a few. Trust me, though, there’s a lot more to development events then throwing a party! I am lucky enough to work at a place I truly believe in, and get to work with and meet some of the city’s greatest people in the process.
What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
Obviously I’m biased, but my favorite event is Lakefront Festival of Art! In the city of festivals, this festival is very near and dear to my heart. As a child, I remember going down to the lakefront and walking the artists’ booths with my parents. For me it’s such a great thing to be director of the festival now.
What is your favorite Milwaukee beer?
I’m slightly ashamed to say in a city of beer… I don’t like it. I’m a Bourbon girl. Central Standard Craft Distillery has one of my favorites.
Favorite place to grab coffee/an after dinner drink?
Coffee, hands down — Stone Creek. Especially the location on 6th and St. Paul Street.
Favorite little known fact/secret/hidden gem in Milwaukee?
Keep the game changers here. It’s that simple. This city has so many creative and intellectual minds growing up and expanding in the professional world. Businesses need to keep them here. When companies see a person who thinks outside the box, don’t let them go! Those are the employees who are going to keep their business and Milwaukee moving forward. I think the city is at this wonderfully exciting time when the next generation is starting to take leadership roles and have a voice in their community. I’m super excited to see what comes of it.
How does Milwaukee vary from other cities you’ve lived in/visited?
Milwaukee strives for the best. We have the heart of a small town but the gumption and charisma of a large metropolis. These exact characteristics are reflective in Milwaukee Art Museum. With the Calatrava addition, we put ourselves on the international map and became the city’s icon. Fifteen years later, we’re doing it again with our new addition. We’re helping Milwaukee move forward.