Executive Board

The Executive Board is assembled with illustrious community representatives with leadership and resources to assist in our mission and programming. This board is primarily responsible for oversight of the administrative staff and providing direction to programming, community engagement, fund development, and corporate partnerships.

Bianca Ellis

Bianca Ellis is the Service Quality Coordinator at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. She assists with developing, coordinating, and evaluating strategies and initiatives that focus on providing an exceptional patient experience. She received her B.A. in corporate communication from Marquette University in 2020, and her academic interests include business management, crisis communication, and social welfare and justice.

In addition to her career in healthcare administration, Bianca also serves as the CEO of Queen Royale Boutique, is the author of From Withered to Whole, and is the chairwoman of the Greater Faith Community Outreach committee at her church. Bianca is an inspiration to many people nationally, as she also serves as a mentor.

 

Vernnie Grayson

With over 20 years of experience in the corrections field, Vernnie Grayson is keen on serving his community and inspiring new opportunities. A proud graduate of Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School, he currently serves as the president of Grayson Investments, specializing in renovating, flipping, and renting quality housing in the Milwaukee area.

His rewarding career in the real estate field focuses on helping individuals become more informed about real estate processes and make good decisions about their homes and properties. He enjoys every aspect of his job and goes the extra mile to achieve client satisfaction. Vernnie is excited to see past residents from the jail while he mentors them on life after inprisonment. Vernnie resides in Milwaukee with his wife Dionne.

Paula V. Jackson

Paula V. Jackson is an elementary school Principal for Milwaukee Public Schools.  She has had a twenty-year career with MPS, matriculating from middle school English Language Arts Teacher to high school Assistant Principal and now Principal at a kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary school.  Her professional vision in leadership is to help foster a school community comprised of parents, staff, students, and community members committed to the empowerment of students through education, a society in which everyone takes responsibility for education. 

Ms. Jackson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Cardinal Stritch University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.  She is the proud mother of four beautiful and intelligent daughters, who inspire her to continue to work hard not only for them but all youth in our community.

Sharlen Moore

Sharlen Moore came to America from Jamaica with her family in the early 1980s. The leadership opportunities provided to her as a young high school student inspired her to work hard to earn U.S. citizenship as an adult. For over the past 20 years, Moore has passionately given back to a new generation of voices. She believes that young people have the power to change the world, and her work has centered around using empowering youth to use their voices to impact community change. She currently serves as the Co-founder of Youth Justice Milwaukee and Urban Underground.

Through Youth Justice Milwaukee and Urban Underground, Sharlen coordinated youth-led social justice campaigns in the areas of health, education, public safety, and juvenile justice reform. These campaigns have consequently raised the next generation of home-grown leaders for the communities in which she serves. The League recognizes Moore as a woman who inspires because of her commitment to empowering youth leadership through advocating for alternatives to youth incarceration.

Jamaal Smith

Jamaal Smith is a violence prevention manager in the City of Milwaukee, Office of Violence Prevention. As a proud native of Milwaukee and graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, Jamaal has committed to serving the Milwaukee community for the last ten years of his life. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Alabama State University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix. Jamaal’s previous roles have included serving as education chair for the NAACP Milwaukee and youth organizer at Safe and Sound Inc. He has also worked in collaboration with Schools and Communities United, Journey 4 Justice in Chicago, and Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance for Black School Educators, where he served as a board member.

He most recently served as the racial justice community engagement manager at the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. In this role, Jamaal advocated for legislation that supported racial equity for communities of color on a local, state, and national level. He built a health care cohort with institutions such as Froedtert, MCW, and Aurora-Advocate to discuss increasing employment access in underrepresented communities. His work also included building partnerships with Fair Housing Council, UEDA, Wisconsin Voices, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), MMAC, M7, and Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM).

In his current role, Jamaal manages community engagement, policy advocacy, and the Blueprint for Peace implementation. He also supports the advancement of neighborhood and community-based violence prevention efforts.

Dr. Carl Wesley

Carl Wesley is currently the President and CEO of the Center for Self-Sufficiency (CFSS), a non-profit agency located in Milwaukee dedicated to transforming the community through supporting individuals, families, and returning citizens.

Carl returned to Milwaukee to lead CFSS in 2015 after serving in various increasingly responsible roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Previously, he was the assistant director of P.E.O.P.L.E. (Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the most comprehensive precollege-through-college programs in the United States. Before his position at UW-Madison, Carl served as Interim Director of Multicultural Educational Resource Center and University Diversity Initiatives, Director of Precollege Programs, and Retention Coordinator. Carl has provided intensive college preparatory, student mentoring, racial identity development training, and retention services to students, staff, faculty, and community members throughout his professional career.

Carl has worked on several leadership committees dedicated to enhancing students’ and community members’ lives. He has utilized his experience working with youth to develop a unique, organic mentoring model for youth and young adults. He created this model during his career at UW- Platteville, and he improved and implemented it shortly after he arrived at CFSS.

Carl has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and two master’s degrees: one in Adult Education and the other in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He also holds a doctorate in Education from Edgewood College in Madison, WI.

G Kelley Williams

Mr. Williams, currently employed at Andis Co, is a Supervisor of Quality Engineering. Before this role, Mr. Williams worked at Harley-Davidson for 20 years, in which he spearheaded the implementation of Employee Resource groups and led the African-American Employee Resource Groups.

Mr. Williams continued to advocate for community development as he served as an advocate for the Black Achievers. He took high school students from Racine and Milwaukee on a black college tour to provide students an opportunity to visit Historical Black Colleges. His service inspired with Black Achievers inspired him, and in 2013 he created The Williams Foundation, a non Profit that specialized in helping young people attain the resources to afford and complete their college education successfully.

He currently supports other grassroots efforts to bring the community together.

timothy baldwin

Interim President & CEO

Timothy is Founder and Managing Partner of JB Entreprises, S.C. Law & Strategy, launched in 2007. However, he has been practicing law since 2000.

For nearly a decade, Attorney Baldwin served as a United States Treasury Revenue Agent auditing small to midsize businesses before becoming the Anti-Money Laundering Coordinator for Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. With an Undergraduate degree and Financial background in accounting, Attorney Baldwin worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers, the largest CPA firm globally, as a law clerk where he handled S.E.C filings and state tax issues. Armed with his background and experience, Attorney Baldwin, in 2000, opened up his practice to champion small to midsize corporate businesses in need of legal and business strategies.

With this epiphany, JB Entreprises came to be. Attorney Baldwin spent several years developing entrepreneurial business owners to help them recognize that lawyers are not only for individual businesses in trouble but also for businesses that aspire to succeed. Attorney Baldwin’s vision includes developing opportunities for the entrepreneur to compete against competitors, vendors, and government regulations in today’s market.

After first being recruited by a large firm and recognizing that his services were pricing his clients out of the traditional legal service of hourly rates, Attorney Baldwin started his new firm at his client’s request and, out of necessity, cultivated four thriving practices areas. These include our Corporate, Civil, Criminal, and Child Advocacy/Family Law Divisions.

To be the change he wanted to see in his community, Attorney Baldwin birthed the idea of the Wisconsin Justice League and other entities to form the JB Collective in which he serves as Cheif Executive Officer. Attorney Baldwin continues to promote the professional development of staff, young lawyers, the business of clients, and the continued engagements with the greater Milwaukee area.

 

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PO Box 18478
Milwaukee WI 53218

Phone

(414) 409-7650

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