2018 -2019 Board of Commissioners
The role of the SDC Board of Commissioners is to provide guidance and leadership to the Social Development Commission. The agency’s board make-up is unique when compared to other social service agencies and nonprofit organizations. Our Board of Commissioners consists of representatives of three different sectors of the community. One-third of the members are appointed by public officials and a third are appointed by the private sector. The final third represent the voices of low-income residents of Milwaukee County. These six commissioners represent six districts of Milwaukee County. These Commissioners are elected to three-year terms by residents of those districts. Our elected Commissioners are responsible for providing feedback received from low-income residents in their district and bringing that input back to the Board.
Representation of the county’s low-income residents is extremely beneficial to SDC’s customers. Elected Commissioners not only share concerns at the Board level, but also provide the ability to share SDC and other resources with members of their districts. Representation of our low-income residents enhances SDC’s credibility with legislators that are creating, reviewing and passing legislation that affect those living in poverty. District Commissioners are also able to raise matters on behalf of their district that the full Board may not be aware of.
The Social Development Commission is fortunate to have a dynamic and diverse Board committed to excellence. Each member brings unique talents, skills, education and experiences that contributes to the strength of the Social Development Commission.
The public is encouraged to find out what district they reside in and who their Commissioner is. Elected Commissioners have the district they represent in the information shown below their picture.
Our elected commissioners operate like any other elected official. They are community liaisons who advocate for people living in their districts. For example, if people feel strongly about policy affecting quality of life, it is communicated to the Social Development Commission through an elected commissioner. Likewise, an elected commissioner is charged with promoting the Social Development Commission’s messages and resources in the community. Our elected commissioners serve three-year terms. To identify your voting district and commissioner, click here.
|COMMITTEE||MEETING SCHEDULE||COMMITTEE CHAIR||*LEAD STAFF||*LIAISON STAFF||SUPPORT STAFF|
|BOARD OF COMMISSION||Monthly 3rd Thursday 5:30pm Boardroom||Stephanie D. Findley||CEO||Executive Team||Abra Fortson|
|EXECUTIVE||Monthly 2nd Thursday or at the call of the Chair Boardroom (unless otherwise communicated)||Stephanie D. Findley||CEO||Executive Team||Abra Fortson|
|GOVERNANCE||Semi Annually Boardroom At the call of the Chair||Sarah Van Winkle||CEO||Abra Fortson|
|AUDIT||Annualy 1st Thursday or at the call of the Chair Boardroom||Finance Director||Abra Fortson|
|PUBLIC POLICY & PROGRAM PLANNING||Monthly 2nd Wednesday 5:30pm Boardroom||Stephanie D. Findley||CEO||Abra Fortson|
|RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT & BUDGET FINANCE||Quarterly||Finance Director||Abra Fortson|
|HUMAN RESOURCES||Quarterly 2nd Thursday March, June, September & December HR Conference Room||HR Director||Abra Fortson|
|PENSION||Quarterly 2nd Monday (Quarterly) 9:00am Boardroom||CEO||Abra Fortson|
|SD PROPERTIES||Semi Annually or at the call of the Chair||Vincent Bobot||CEO||Abra Fortson|
Board of Commissioners
Meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise communicated.
Meets the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise communicated.
Public Policy & Program Planning Committee
Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise communicated.
Meets Semi-Annually, At the call of the Chair at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise communicated.
Appointed Partner Agencies
Board Chair, African American Chamber of Commerce
AFL CIO Appointee
Elmer MOORE Jr.
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sara Van WINKLE
Dr. Regina SMITH
Milwaukee Area Technical College
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Public School
Dr. Gary L. WILLIAMS
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Office of the Governor
Lelah J. HUNTLEY
District 1 Commissioner
District 5 Commissioner
George C. Matthews
District 2 Commissioner
Board Vice-Chair, District 6 Commissioner
Craig A. SANDERS
District 3 Commissioner
Ms. Rosemary Holley
TARP – Technical Assistance Resource Person Governance Committee
SDC does not discriminate in its programs, activities, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of a
person’s sex, race, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.