Near West Side Partners, Collaborative Leader of the Year Award Winner

Milwaukee’s Near West Side Partners, a collaborative venture among seven neighborhoods of residential, business, health-care, and non-profit enterprises, has been named the Wisconsin Leadership Institute’s 2015-2016 “Collaborative Leader of the Year.”

The Near West Side area of Milwaukee is home to 40,000 residents in seven unique neighborhoods. Near West Side Partners feature high-performing schools, hardworking business and health-care institutions, generous non-profits, amazing restaurants, and distinctive entertainment opportunities. Each neighborhood – Avenues West, Cold Spring Park, Concordia, Martin Drive, Merrill Park, Miller Valley and The Valley/Piggsville – holds its own rich history.

 The Partnership is Supported by Five Anchor Institutions:

Previous Winners of the WLI “Collaborative Leader of the Year” Award:

  • 2002 – Virginia Duncan Gilmore
  • 2003 – Jack Christ
  • 2004 – Laurie Frank, Carol Carlin
  • 2005 – Tommy Thompson
  • 2006 – John Stanley
  • 2007 – Carla Hacker
  • 2008 – Frank Cumberbatch
  • 2009 – Robert Kovar, Ernie St. Germaine
  • 2010 – Greg Giles
  • 2011 – The Green Lake Correctional Facility
  • 2012 – Jeff Smoller, Jack Palmer, Mike Richie for Rivers as Bridges
  • 2013 – Tom Thibodeau
  • 2014 – Richard Pieper