Emerging Industries | Technology
Marquette University | Milwaukee
In 2015, Milwaukee native David Reeves joined OpenGov Inc. as its chief revenue officer. In 2019 he was named president of the Silicon Valley-based cloud software company and helped grow the company to over 500 employees and an $800 million valuation. In 2020, OpenGov opened a Milwaukee office in the Global Water Center with plans to create 100 jobs. Earlier this year, Reeves retired from his position and was named an executive-in-residence at Marquette University. He also serves as a chief advisor for Midpoint Ventures, a VC firm that builds products with and invests in AI-driven startups.
Education: Bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Career advice: “Hire people that are or could be better than you. Strong leaders hire strong talent and support their employees’ careers to reach their full potential.”
Favorite Wisconsin restaurant: “It’s hard to beat the Swinging Door because I have had so many great menu items there. … Recently, I have been loving their pork chop sandwich.”
Fun fact: “My mom is one of 15 children, and her mom was one of 17. I think I am related to most of the south side. Also, my father is a very talented musician and guitarist.”
Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “I am a board member for the Journey House, run by Dr. Michele Bria on Milwaukee’s south side. As a native south sider, I see the challenges of growing up on the south side without all the high-paying manufacturing jobs that used to exist there in the ‘50s to ‘80s. The Journey House focuses not only on children but on the whole family and helps people rise up from poverty through experiences and programs to become the best person they can be.”