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MILWAUKEE, WI, January 13, 2022 – The Social Development Commission (SDC) is excited to welcome Jennifer Harris as the new Research and Policy Manager. Jennifer will be instrumental in leading research initiatives to influence the impact SDC has on individuals and families experiencing poverty in Milwaukee.

Jennifer brings over 15 years of experience across higher education, local government, program management, and research. She previously served as a member of Milwaukee County’s Inaugural Office on African American Affairs, leading the operationalization of Milwaukee County’s groundbreaking “Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis”.

“Residents of Milwaukee deserve the opportunity to ensure generational wellness. As a catalyst for change—it is my mission to aid in the betterment of Milwaukee by coordinating research efforts highlighting the intersection of the lived experiences of Milwaukee residents experiencing poverty and scholarly research.” Jennifer remarks. “We will create actionable ways to implement what is discovered. My drive and vision for a healthy thriving Milwaukee is what led me to SDC.”

During her tenure at Milwaukee County, Jennifer consulted for local businesses and municipalities throughout the nation, shaped legislation, coordinated a high impactful racial equity program, orchestrated racial equity trainings for all Milwaukee County employees, and spearheaded many enterprise-wide initiatives institutionalizing racial equity.

Jennifer earned a Master’s of Education and Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Carroll University and Carroll College. She received additional training from UW-Madison’s Grainger School of Business and UCLA’s HERI Institute.

“As a commission on poverty, it is our vision to create transformative solutions for Milwaukee residents experiencing poverty,” says SDC CEO Dr. George Hinton. “With her background in academia, local government and research, Jennifer is an important addition to helping us carryout out purpose.”

SDC is a Community Action Agency (CAA). It is one of more than one-thousand CAAs throughout the country coordinating state and nationwide services to move families and individuals beyond poverty. Since 1963, SDC has served as a planner, coordinator, and provider of human service programs for low-income individuals and families in Milwaukee County. SDC is also a commission that studies the root causes of poverty. The mission of the Social Development Commission is to empower Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.


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