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Creating lasting change in our community sometimes requires changes in public policy. Advocating starts with educating policy makers about the importance of issues in our community, then engaging the policy makers. We know this is not always easy. Many want to contribute and advocate for the changes that are important to them, but don’t exactly know what to say or how to say it. We can help.

Our Current Policy Work

Our policy priorities are nonpartisan, grounded in research and evidence-based principles and support long-term solutions to local challenges. This is not about politics, it’s about understanding the complex issues that people face every day, and coming together, united, to solve these issues.


Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement


Education, Training and Credentials
Promote programs and initiatives to connect jobseekers with the skills, knowledge and credentials that eliminate barriers to obtaining and sustaining employment.

Support efficient, multi-modal transportation solutions to improve access between jobseekers and employment opportunities.

Justice System Involvement
Advocate for bipartisan solutions which remove employment barriers for jobseekers with nonviolent criminal records.

Learn more about expungement

Read AB 69 Expungement Reform

Talent Retention
Promote strategies that attract and retain diverse employees in our community.



Safe & Stable Homes


Right To Counsel
Advocate for local ordinances to establish a right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction.

Shelter Civic Response Team Recommendations
Support bipartisan legislative and fiscal policy recommendations to prevent homelessness in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Expansion of Tenant-Landlord Mediation Programs
Scale and sustain the successful Mediate Milwaukee model to resolve tenant/landlord disputes before they become evictions.



Community Schools


High Quality Schools
Scale the Community Schools model to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities and developmental resources for K12 students and their families.
US Full Service Community Schools Act 2021

Racial Equity
Support legislative, fiscal and administrative policies which to maximize outcomes for schools, students and their families in all communities.

Digital Divide
Insure all families have access to the Internet and digital devices (Techquity).



Supporting the Nonprofit Sector


Milwaukee Civic Response Team
Advance legislative and fiscal policies which drive our community’s recovery from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package

Strengthening Communities 
Support and expand efforts that create greater community investment, volunteerism and civic engagement.

Support for United Way Partner Agencies
Build local capacity to engage policymakers in efforts to improve the Health, Education and Financial Stability of our community. 

Read our letter to Congress


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Members

Sharmila Abnu, Community Volunteer • Nicole Angresano, United Way • Tim Baack, Pathfinders • David Bowles, Creative Marketing Resources • Anne Chapman, Wisconsin Policy Forum • Reid Engstrom, Community Volunteer • Chris Hamilton, US Bank • Natalie Harlan, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County • Kari Lerch, Public Policy Institute at Community Advocates • Paul Schmitz, Leading Inside Out • Thelma Sias, Community Volunteer • Jeremy Simon, United Way Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County • Gary Sprong, Community Volunteer • Marcus White,  Marcus White Consulting • Brenda Wood, City of Milwaukee


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Find your representative


If you have questions, reach out to Jeremy Simon.


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