Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
Press Release

Rep. Kalan Haywood II joins WHEDA Board


Kalan Haywood II. Photo from the State of Wisconsin.

Kalan Haywood II. Photo from the State of Wisconsin.

MADISON – State Rep. Kalan Haywood II has been appointed to serve as a member of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Board of Directors.

Haywood, who represents Wisconsin’s 16th Assembly District in Milwaukee, was elected in 2018. He grew up in the district and graduated from Rufus King International High School in 2017 before attending Cardinal Stritch University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“Kalan’s exceptional abilities to connect with people and understand their concerns have helped propel him as a community leader and we’re excited to welcome him to WHEDA’s Board of Directors,” said WHEDA CEO Joaquín Altoro. “The statewide perspectives he has gained from his work in the Legislature as well as the insights he brings from his north Milwaukee district are invaluable. We’re grateful for his support.”

Among his legislative roles, Haywood is chair of the Milwaukee Delegation. He also serves on key Assembly committees including Housing and Real Estate, Ways and Means, Workforce Development, Veterans and Military Affairs and International Affairs and Commerce.

“WHEDA’s efforts to expand affordable housing and economic opportunity have improved the lives of many people in underserved communities throughout the state,” Haywood said. “That said, it’s clear more needs to be done and WHEDA alone will not be able to solve all of our state’s housing and economic challenges. Housing and economic development are bipartisan issues and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature in support of new partnerships as well as efforts to remove barriers that stand in the way of sustainable community development. In order to ensure our state has a strong economy, it is vital that we expand access to affordable quality housing.”

WHEDA board members include the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration (or designee), the CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and six public members nominated by the governor and appointed by the state senate. In addition, two state senators, one from each party and selected by senate leadership, and two state representatives, one from each party and selected by assembly leadership, also serve on the WHEDA Board. Members serve staggered four-year terms.

To learn more about WHEDA financing tools and services for single family customers, commercial developers, property managers and more, visit WHEDA.com. For the latest news and information on WHEDA, sign up to receive emails here and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.


For more than 45 years, WHEDA has worked to provide low-cost financing for housing and small business development in Wisconsin. Since 1972, WHEDA has financed more than 75,000 affordable rental units, helped more than 133,000 families purchase a home and provided more than 29,000 small business and agricultural loan guarantees. WHEDA is a self-supporting public corporation that receives no tax dollars for its operations. For more information on WHEDA programs, visit wheda.com or call 800-334-6873.

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