Meet the City’s Millennial Task Force
Presenting the 15 members and challenges (Millennial brain drain!) they must address.
The city’s newly formed Millennial Task Force will soon meet to formulate strategies to address “brain drain” in Milwaukee. It has plenty to work on.
A 2019 city report found that the number of individuals aged 25 to 34 living in Milwaukee decreased by 1.8 percent between 2010 and 2015 while it increased 3.8 percent nationwide. A 2019 CityLab report on the 50 largest cities found that the City of Milwaukee had the fourth-worst population growth and ninth-worst job growth on a percentage basis after data regarding the metro area was filtered out from U.S. Census Bureau reports.
The 16-member body is charged with generating a report by June 30th that identifies strategies to attract and retain talented, young individuals. The effort is intended to generate potential legislative changes the Common Council could make.
The task force was created in November by legislation introduced by Alderman Cavalier Johnson, himself a millennial and the youngest member of the Common Council.
But Johnson credits the City Clerk‘s Office of Workforce Development for doing much of the “heavy lifting” to get the initiative off the ground. That included helping identify firms and individuals that wanted to participate. Johnson told Urban Milwaukee the goal was to get a “diverse smattering of Millennials from Milwaukee.”
Johnson himself won’t serve on the committee. “I want for this to be more organic,” Johnson told Urban Milwaukee in an interview.
The enabling legislation calls for 16 members to serve on the committee, including two individuals from inclusion-focused young professional group Social X, two from social architecture firm NEWaukee, two representatives of the Bridge the City podcast and four past winners of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 under 40 awards. There will also be designees from the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee Urban League, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Wheel & Sprocket and Wauwatosa-based Galbraith Carnahan Architects.
Galbraith Carnahan and Wheel & Sprocket effectively received multiple nominees by nominating their representatives and individuals qualified as 40 under 40 recipients. The City of Milwaukee has a member on the task force through 2019 40 under 40 winner and building construction inspector Jezamil Arroyo-Vega. And Kacee Ochalek is also a city employee, but was appointed to the task force by Bridge the City.
The group will first meet on February 28th at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
- Jezamil Arroyo-Vega – Construction Building Inspector – City of Milwaukee – 40 Under 40
- Nick Carnahan – Partner – Galbraith Carnahan Architects – 40 Under 40
- Angela Damiani – CEO – NEWaukee
- Jordan Donald – Project Designer – Galbraith Carnahan Architects
- Marquayla Ellison – Freelance Graphic Designer – President – Social X
- Tenia Fisher – Teacher at Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy – Social X
- Jeremy Fojut – Chief Ideas Officer – NEWaukee
- Adam Gabornitz – Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion – Northwestern Mutual
- Michael Hostad – Greater Milwaukee Committee
- Jason Rae – Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Nation Consulting – 40 Under 40
- Amelia Lukic-Kegel – Wheel & Sprocket – 40 Under 40
- Noel Kegel – Wheel & Sprocket – 40 Under 40
- Elizabeth McLaren – Communication Specialist – SaintA – Bridge the City
- Kacee Ochalek – Management Trainee – City of Milwaukee – Bridge the City
- Ger Thao – Operations Manager – Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
The Milwaukee Urban League has yet to appoint its designated member.
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