Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett is being recognized for his green initiatives and awards received under his leadership. Mayor Barrett has consistently stood tall for environmental causes, providing funding to continue green initiatives despite very tight budgetary constraints, providing valuable top-level awareness and support for issues such through the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayor's Challenge resulting in a unique local collaboration of urban agricultural entities creating the HOME GR/OWN proposal, which earned a Fan Favorite Runner-up.
Bob Connolly and the Leaders of Common Ground
Bob Connolly, Chairman of the Board for Common Ground, and the Leaders of Common Ground are being recognized for their years of commitment to social justice issues. Common Ground's initiative Milwaukee Rising has acquired, rehabbed and sold 100 foreclosed houses in the Sherman Park neighborhood. The Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative brings the insurance cooperative one-step closer to providing health insurance solutions to southeastern Wisconsin – an achievement of national importance.
Dr. Gay Edwards Reinartz
Dr. Reinartz is an internationally recognized conservation biologist with more than 20 years of experience in developing and directing conservation and research programs for the bonobo, an endangered great ape found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She presently serves as the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s (ZSM) Conservation Coordinator and Program Director of the ZSM’s Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative (BCBI). Dr. Reinartz is also the Coordinator of the Bonobo Species Survival Plan, a management program for captive bonobos in North American zoological institutions. She spends six months a year in Congo conducting field research and working in cooperation with Congolese wildlife officials to protect bonobos and elephants in the Salonga National Park, a park four times the size of Yellowstone. Dr. Reinartz received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duke University.
Hanson Dodge Creative
Hanson Dodge Creative is a for-profit business that has been an active member of the Milwaukee community for more than 30 years. Based in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, this full-service agency specializes in helping global brands attain market leadership through the strategic integration of world-class branding, marketing and technology. The company – America’s leading active lifestyle agency -- is being recognized for its ongoing involvement with various social justice concerns. Partners Ken Hanson and Tim Dodge encourage their more than 70 employees – through words and example – to get involved by serving on community advisory boards, volunteering their time and doing pro bono creative work. For example, Hanson Dodge Creative was one of the first businesses nationwide to become a member of Common Ground, and continues to support the organization through creative work and employee volunteerism.
Claire Van Fossen
Claire Van Fossen is a nonprofit leader, social justice advocate, and community education activist working primarily on issues of urban education, inter-sectional gender and sexuality through community education and youth work, nonprofit governance and management, and city and neighborhood organizing. Claire is a Milwaukee native born and raised in the Sherman Park neighborhood who is passionately dedicated to a vision of a more socially just Milwaukee. She is a graduate of UW-Madison, City Year Milwaukee, and Public Allies Milwaukee. Claire currently serves as Communications and Development Director at WINS for Children, an organization utilizing coalition-based, neighborhood organizing, and collective impact tactics to augment academic achievement in the Lindsay Height neighborhood. She is also pursuing a master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Marquette University as a Trinity Fellow. Her community work includes co-founding the Sherman Neighborhood Arts Program 4 Leadership LLC, Public Allies Alumni organizing and involvement, co-founding and co-facilitating a female sexuality course entitled FemSex at Marquette, serving as Secretary of the Board of Arcos Milwaukee, serving on the Quality Early Childhood Education Committee of Milwaukee Succeeds, serving as a member of Partners Advancing Values in Education's Board Corps program, and participating in the Center for Progressive Leaderhship's 2013 class of Political Leaders Fellows. Claire has been involved in the founding and start up of several nonprofits, programs, and initiatives in Milwaukee and is passionate about anti-oppression, intersectional, coalition-based, place-based, and grassroots work.
Sarah is best known for being an on-air personality for 88Nine RadioMilwaukee.