Welcome to UEDA

Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) of Wisconsin
1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 260
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 562-9904


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UEDA is a membership organization that has been working with professionals, organizations and groups since 1997. 



UEDA is a 501(c)(3) membership association dedicated to facilitating effective, cross-sector collaboration, meaningful connections, and strengthening individual and organizational capacity in Wisconsin’s community and economic development sector.

We focus on and advocate for community investment, homeownership and housing, financial empowerment, small business growth, regional transportation and the local food economy.

Our vision is that the members and communities we serve are inspired and thriving, with equitable access to investment and opportunity.

UEDA was incorporated in 1997 by a cross-section of practitioners as a vehicle for developing professional expertise and networks among neighborhood organizations, businesses and economic development agencies serving Milwaukee’s urban community.  For a brief history of UEDA, click here.

Learn more about Our Work, Events, Our Funders and Get Connected to specific programs or projects. View our 2019 Impact Report and our 2019 Members.


Since 1997 UEDA has increased communication, coordination and collaboration between and among its Members, assisting them to elevate their work in an impactful way through a diverse network and access to best practices and model programs.  Each year, our Members include over 300 individuals from 80+ nonprofits, businesses and government agencies.

Members have access to a number of benefits that keep them connected to a broad range of community and economic development resources such as annual and quarterly events, monthly newsletters and opportunities to promote their programs and activities. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a UEDA Member and consider joining the UEDA Community!


Executive Director: Kristi Luzar
Communications & Membership Director: Jessica Wetzel
Take Root Milwaukee Program Manager: Johanna Jimenez
Bank On Greater Milwaukee Program Manager:
 Constance Alberts
Operations & Membership Support: 
Julia O'Connor
Project Intern: Katrina Hunt


Dominique Samari, P3 Development Group - President
Stephan LeSure, Affinity IT, Inc. - Vice President
Damion Forrest, Small Business Banker - Treasurer
Nathan Guequierre, AECOM - Secretary

Vaughn Barker, AdvocateAurora Health
Sherri Jordan, Milwaukee County
Kate Madison, City of Milwaukee Department of City Development
Nakeisha (Nikki) Payne, Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission
Nikki Purvis, City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development
Peter Richardson, Northwestern Mutual