Chief Equity Officer - Milwaukee County
Sumaiyah Clark is a dedicated public servant with over 20 years of progressive advancement, community development, social justice, and equity advocacy experience. Most recently, she has worked in the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the last five years, creating and executing multi-year strategies that encompass all facets of planning, budgeting, program development, community engagement, outreach, and advocacy initiatives. Sumaiyah also co-authored Milwaukee County DHHS’ first Workplace Equity & Inclusion Statement, as well as developed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Readiness Assessment and DEI Audit Tool to assess current workplace policies and procedures.
Retired: Former CFO Quad Graphics
John Fowler is a highly experienced financial executive who served as senior vice president and CFO at Quad/Graphics. With over three decades of experience in finance and operations management, Fowler has been instrumental in driving the growth and profitability of Quad/Graphics. He has extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury operations, investment management, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Quad/Graphics, Fowler held various senior finance roles at Verizon Communications, including VP of Investor Relations and VP of Financial Planning and Analysis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Independent Education Consultant
Board Chairperson; Founder - Legacy Bank
Margaret Henningsen currently serves as the chairperson of the I Have a Dream Foundation – Milwaukee (IHDF – MKE) Board of Directors. She has served in that position since the inception of IHDF-MKE in 2007. Over the last fourteen years of preparing the Dreamers for college, Margaret has consistently been a champion of the importance of a good college education.
She was a founder of Legacy Bank, a state chartered commercial bank that was in the heart of the city of Milwaukee. At the age of 50, she followed her dream of addressing the lack of comprehensive banking services for women and minorities in her community. As the founder of Legacy Bank, she was the first woman in the history of the state of Wisconsin to charter a commercial bank. Her goal was to be an advocate for empowering women and minorities. She recognized that the ability to create wealth; and the need for getting a good education were necessary to transform lives. She wanted to make sure that minority students had the same opportunity she had to pursue their dreams.
Margaret is also the founder of the Milwaukee Juneteenth Day celebration. Milwaukee was the first northern city to celebrate Juneteenth. She has served on many community boards, as a volunteer for a number of political campaigns and a mentor to hundreds of women and girls.
Retired: Partner with Foley & Lardner LLP
Sarah O. Jelencic is a real estate partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Sarah has experience in multi-family, office, mixed use and retail development and financings, including private placements, joint venture agreements (investor, developer and sponsor), new market tax credits, tax incremental financings, multi-tiered financings, workouts, condominium and homeowners association documentation, declarations of covenants and restrictions (residential and commercial), acquisition and sales of real estate (developed and undeveloped), including membership interest transfers, leasing (landlord and tenant), management and leasing agreements and tax-free exchanges.
Kelben Foundation. Retired: Mequon Thiensville School Guidance Counselor
Mary received her BS in Elementary Education in 1968 at UW Madison, and her masters in Guidance and Counseling from the School of Education at UWM in 1978. She completed her Doctorate in Education at Cardinal Stritch in 2007. Her research documented some of the cultural aspects of an effective MPS Elementary School.
She has taught elementary school and been an elementary guidance counselor, but the last twenty years have been spent volunteering and doing board work at numerous non-profit organizations such as Next Door, UW Milwaukee Foundation, The Nehemiah Project, Schools That Can Milwaukee, City Forward Collective, Pathways High, and The I Have A Dream program. She was a trustee for the Faye McBeath Foundation for 10 years and is a trustee of the Cardinal Stritch Board.
She also spends considerable time working with the Kelben Foundation, a family foundation, that she presides over.The Foundation has funded hundreds of scholarships for high school seniors,endowments for Professorships, and many other Educational and Health initiatives. Mary is committed to helping address the achievement gap that Milwaukee’s children are facing in addition to some of the other disparities that exist in the community.
President - Mandel Group
Barry R. Mandel is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Mandel Group Inc. (MGI), an integrated real estate services firm with operations in development, construction, and property management. MGI’s primary focus is on urban in-fill and suburban/urban node luxury multifamily rental communities and mixed-use developments, as well as its Midwest Multi-family Acquisition Platform. MGI has developed and/or acquired over $1.5 billion of real estate since its inception. Prior to MGI, Mandel was managing residential partner for Trammell Crow Residential in Wisconsin and additionally responsible for operations in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began his career as an attorney practicing tax, corporate, and real estate law in Kansas City, Missouri. Mandel has been featured in numerous periodicals and has received several prestigious local awards for his contributions to development in Milwaukee. In 2016, Mandel and MGI received an award “for his commitment and support to make the Milwaukee Riverwalk a better place to live, work and play.” In 2018, MGI’s Milwaukee Riverwalk received the ULI Global Award for Excellence. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and past chair of the ULI Multifamily Gold and Green councils. Mandel is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the National Multi-Housing Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Wisconsin and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
CEO - Milwaukee Academy of Science
Anthony McHenry is the Chief Executive Officer of the Milwaukee Academy of Science (MAS). As MAS’ CEO since 2016, Mr. McHenry has increased enrollment numbers, new partnerships (like The Boys & Girls Club), academic outcomes, and an incredibly student and teacher retention rate of over 90%. Under McHenry’s leadership MAS has developed one of the area’s top athletic program and STEM offerings. Mr. McHenry is known for his advocacy of what is best for students- above all else. He is passionate about providing a high-quality education that can serve all students.
Prior to joining MAS, Mr. McHenry served as Executive Director at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center in the Westlawn neighborhood for nearly 20 years. As a community leader, he was the chairperson for the Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Network from 2007-14 and served as co-chair for the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Project from 2011-2014. Currently, Mr. McHenry is the volunteer director of Silver Spring’s nationally known AAU basketball program.
Mr. McHenry was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a full athletic scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies in 1993. In recent years Anthony has received several distinguished awards including the Social Development Commission Incredible Person Award (twice), and in 2016, he won the Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Award and the Donald Driver Driven to Achieve Award.
Mr. McHenry currently serves on the board of ACTS Housing, PEARLS for Teen Girls, and Teach for America. Mr. McHenry is part of the Milwaukee Charter School Advocates and a respected leader in the education field.
Executive Director - Zilber Family Foundation
Prior to becoming the executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation Stilp served as social innovation director at Dohmen Constellations.
She also worked as the senior program officer for the Zilber Family Foundation.