Ken Leinbach to transition at Urban Ecology Center in June 2023, Jen Hense to become next Executive Director
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Urban Ecology Center (UEC) announces today that Ken Leinbach, its long-time Executive Director, will be stepping down from the role in June 2023. Leinbach has been with the UEC for 25 years and has been instrumental in overseeing the organization’s growth and success from its humble beginnings in a double-wide trailer in Riverside Park to the three vibrant community centers and management of their adjacent parks.
The UEC is excited to announce that Jen Hense will become the next Executive Director of the organization, effective in June. Hense has been with the UEC for eight years as Director of Development, leading their fund development and capital campaign process. The board’s decision to appoint her was made with enthusiastic unanimous support.
“Jen’s commitment to the UEC’s mission and her proven leadership in fundraising and development make her the perfect choice to lead us into the future, and we are all very excited and looking forward to working with Jen,” said Hammond.
Looking ahead, Hense said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the UEC’s next Executive Director. I am committed to building on the organization’s strong foundation and working with our staff, board, and community partners to deepen our impact and connect more people to nature and each other.”
The UEC looks forward to celebrating Leinbach’s incredible legacy this summer and welcoming Hense as the new Executive Director.
The Urban Ecology Center has been delivering its mission of connecting people in cities to nature and each other for nearly three decades in Milwaukee. The UEC provides environmental education programs for children and adults, maintains and enhances nearby green spaces, and conducts wildlife and habitat research projects in these urban environments. The Urban Ecology Center serves tens of thousands of visitors, including students from over 60 neighborhood schools, and helps provide a positive, safe place for everyone to learn more about how the world around us works. For more information, visit www.urbanecologycenter.org or call (414) 964-8505.
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