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Milwaukee redevelopment leaders go ‘On the Issues’ at Marquette Law School

Beyond their roles as entrepreneurs and real estate developers, Goins, Sabir and Kaufmann are change agents in Milwaukee.

By - Oct 15th, 2018 09:52 am
JoAnne Sabir and Juli Kaufmann with Mayor Barrett and Ald. Rainey in the background. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

JoAnne Sabir and Juli Kaufmann with Mayor Barrett and Ald. Rainey in the background. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee redevelopment leaders Melissa Goins, JoAnne Sabir and Juli Kaufmann will be the featured guests in an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the Lubar Center at Marquette University Law School’s Eckstein Hall.

Goins is the vice president of J. Jeffers & Co. and president of Maures Development. Sabir is a co-owner of The Juice Kitchen and Freedom Endeavors. Kaufmann is the president of Fix Development. Beyond their roles as entrepreneurs and real estate developers, Goins, Sabir and Kaufmann are change agents in Milwaukee, investing in and revitalizing neighborhoods that have long been ignored and neglected.

Wyman Winston, Milele Coggs, Melissa Goins, and Tom Barrett. Photo by Justin Gordon.

Wyman Winston, Milele Coggs, Melissa Goins, and Tom Barrett. Photo by Justin Gordon.

Goins and a co-developer recently completed the Garfield School and Griot apartments projects, which they hope will be a catalytic development in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Sabir and Kaufmann have partnered on a project called Sherman Rising.  They are redeveloping the former BMO Harris Bank building at 35th and Fond du Lac, which burned during the Sherman Park unrest in 2016. Once completed, the building will become home to a dozen businesses. Each woman says her work is not only about the bottom line, but about the social impact of what she creates. Or, as Goins puts it, “leveraging bricks and mortar to bring pride and hope to people.”

Gousha, an award-winning broadcast journalist, is the Law School’s distinguished fellow in law and public policy. His “On the Issues” series of conversations with newsmakers supports Marquette Law School’s commitment to serve as a modern-day public square for the city of Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Gousha’s “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

The event is open to members of the general public at no cost; registration is required and is available online.

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