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Brandon Wigley

Brandon has a deeply-seated passion for helping individuals seek employment opportunities and a better life. He brings a variety of professional, vocational, and community experiences to this role, most recently as a trial attorney with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, and as a Lutheran minister and instructor. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Martin … Continued

Bridgett Gonzalez

Bridgett brings extensive experience in engaging and connecting Milwaukee’s youth. She joins the Foundation from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, where she was the Director of Diversity and Community Engagement. In this role, she planned and coordinated educational outreach and cultural programming, with a focus on integrating health and the arts into the … Continued

Ben Callif

Ben works closely with the Operations, Program, and Engagement staff at The Foundation and has three main areas of responsibility — Organizational Development, Research, and Learning. Ben received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Excelsior College, a bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and a master’s … Continued

Sandra Alvarez

Sandra is responsible for coordinating meeting and travel logistics for the Foundation team. In addition, she helps with creating presentations, scheduling and special projects. Sandra was the Social Media/Communications intern, where she worked on the Foundation’s collateral pieces and social media before joining the team as a full-time employee. She also worked at Saint John’s … Continued

Kristen Lie

Kristen is the point of contact once you submit your request for staff consideration to board review.  She often works directly with applicants and partners on proposal materials, legal review, and progress reports. Prior to joining Bader Philanthropies, Kristen was the Education & Communications Support Specialist at UW-Extension Kenosha and a Grants Administrator for Interfaith … Continued

Franklin E. Cumberbatch

Frank’s responsibilities include leading the Foundation’s exploration of a neighborhood, place-based strategy to complement the Foundation’s existing grantmaking, with an emphasis on the Harambee neighborhood. Frank brings more than 30 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Previously, he was Program Manager with Acts Housing, the Senior Assistant to Milwaukee Mayor, Tom … Continued

Maria Lopez Vento

A Foundation team member since our first year of operation, Maria provides strategic guidance to program staff working on aging, employment, youth, and other key program interests. In addition, she directs various Foundation efforts to enhance Milwaukee education, bring arts to underserved audiences, and support a stronger nonprofit sector in the region. Maria shares her … Continued

Kim Thao

Kim manages operations of the Foundation’s Milwaukee office. She works closely with our program staff in coordinating convenings at the foundation and is a lead team member in project management of the Foundation’s new global headquarters slated to open this summer. In addition, she helps coordinate staff benefits, including designing and developing our employee wellness … Continued

Linda K. Rucker

Linda is responsible for managing our payments for grants, Program Related Investments, and administrative expenses. As part of her duties, she often works with grant partners after Board approval, helping arrange electronic grant payments and other critical financial matters. In addition, she serves as executive assistant to Foundation President Daniel Bader, coordinating his schedule as … Continued

Brian Repinski

Brian is responsible for ensuring the dependable operation of the Foundation’s information technology network and audio and visual needs, on site and off. He oversees the integrity of our grants database – a critical tool in our day-to-day work – as well as the reliability of our website.