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Amy Lindner

Nonprofits and Education
President and CEO
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County 

Attorney and nonprofit leader Amy Lindner was selected in 2018 to succeed Mary Lou Young as United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s president and CEO. Since then, Lindner has overseen the organization’s ambitious plan to end family homelessness in metro Milwaukee and has leveraged a $25 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to advance United Way’s racial equity efforts.   

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., University of Notre Dame 

First job: “Murf’s Frozen Custard on West Avenue in Waukesha. Importantly, I learned I do best in a fast-paced environment with lots of new challenges. Less vitally, I learned a ‘Black Cow’ made with orange soda is a ‘Florida Cow,’ and it’s delicious.”  

How would you spend a one-year sabbatical: “Six months of travel to new places, six months on a great beach with a never-ending stack of books.” 

Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “It feels like cheating to answer this one, but yes, the work of United Way and the incredible people who choose to support our work both help to ensure that tens of thousands of people across our region have the day-to-day help they might need today and that we’re collectively working to solve big problems that we need and deserve solutions for.”  

As you enter your office, what would you choose to be your walk-up or theme song: “Bill Withers, ‘Lovely Day.’ Because whatever else is happening, every day has beauty and is a gift.”  

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