This past month, I officially began working as the new executive director for the Milwaukee Turners. While I have had the pleasure to meet and work with many of members and friends of Milwaukee Turners already, there are still dozens of you whom I look forward to connecting with in the near future.
Prior to coming to the Turners, I worked in media and communications at Marquette University for 12 years while also volunteering in a number of community advocacy committees and neighborhood outreach groups with the goal of making our city’s streets safer and healthier for all our residents. My advocacy work has helped me become aware of the deep need for targeted social justice efforts in our community. I am excited to be a part of Milwaukee Turners and look forward to joining the great initiatives that have already been started here with the help of so many of you, and I can’t wait to explore how we might build on these efforts by working toward new and innovative programs in the future.
In my short tenure thus far, I have already had the pleasure of helping to complete the matching fundraising campaign on behalf of America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) by generous donors like you. As was announced this week, the campaign Milwaukee Turners and their supporters contributed to assured that over $200,000 was raised for reopening this critically important museum and institution in our community.
As we look forward toward meaningful Milwaukee Turners programming in the coming months, such as Jane’s Walk MKE and Ex Fabula, I encourage as many of you as possible to come down to our offices in historic Turner Hall and meet me, so that I may hear your stories and listen to your ideas of making positive changes for our community, through a sound body and sound mind.
Nicholas La Joie