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Notable Minority Executives

BizTimes Milwaukee is proud to present the inaugural showcase of Notable Minority Executives spotlighting accomplished professionals across the region. The leaders profiled in the following pages were nominated by our editorial team or by their peers at work and in the community and showcase the diversity of talent in our market.
The leadership shown by the individuals profiled here is setting an example to shape a better future for our region.

METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list features only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by our editorial team. To qualify for the list, nominees must be based in southeast Wisconsin. They must be currently serving in a senior level role at their firm, must hold a leadership position in their industry outside of their own organization, have made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality at their own workplace or beyond, and act as a role model or mentor.

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Notable Minority Executives: Joaquin Altoro

Believing that an organization’s culture drives action and impact, Joaquín Altoro, chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), brought...

Notable Minority Executives: Edward DeShazer

Edward DeShazer is the executive director of the Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy, which serves a 98% disadvantaged student population. He has been the...

Notable Minority Executives: Dr. Eve M. Hall

As president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Urban League (MUL) since 2017, Dr. Eve Hall has worked to advance the organization’s profile;...

Notable Minority Executives: Luis Ayala

Luis Ayala, vice president of finance for VISIT Milwaukee, stepped into a challenging role at the organization as the hospitality community was dealing with...

Notable Minority Executives: David Lee

As the inaugural chief executive officer of Imagine MKE, David Lee is working to unite the arts and culture sector to ensure its survival...

Notable Minority Executives: Nina Johnson

Nina V. A. Johnson joined U.S. Bank in April 2019 as the senior vice president of consumer and business banking in southeast Wisconsin. She...

Notable Minority Executives: Manuel Rosado

As president of Mequon-based Spectrum Investment Advisors, Manuel Rosado works to advance equality in the workplace by being an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Rosado...

Notable Minority Executives: Darren Fisher

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Darren Fisher, chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Spearity, has managed to grow his business and help other...

Notable Minority Executives: Matt Rinka

Since founding Milwaukee-based architectural firm RINKA in 2006, Matt Rinka and his team have designed numerous buildings and development projects throughout the metro Milwaukee...

Notable Minority Executives: Antoneo DeShazor

Antoneo DeShazor, executive director of Milwaukee-based Matt Talbot Recovery Services, Inc., has more than 11 years of experience in managing Matt Talbot programs and...

Notable Minority Executives: Cristy Garcia-Thomas

As the head of external affairs for Advocate Aurora Health, Cristy Garcia-Thomas oversees everything from patient experience to diversity and inclusion to community relations...

Notable Minority Executives: Rolando Rodriguez

Rolando Rodriguez has always loved an escape to the movies. When his family moved from Cuba to the United States, his first job was...

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