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Héctor Colón 

Nonprofits and Education
President and CEO 
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Inc. | West Allis 

Héctor Colón took the helm of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan in 2017 and is credited with leading a $17.4 million turnaround of the organization. The organization has over 800 employees and assists nearly 40,000 people annually. Previously, Colón was executive director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services.  

Education: Bachelor’s and master’s in occupational therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  

Career advice: “‘Ask, don’t tell,’ – Maureen Kolb.” 

Business leaders you would like to have lunch with: “Judy Faulkner and Diane Hendricks.”  

Favorite destinations: “Puerto Rico and my new lake house.” 

Favorite Wisconsin restaurant and order: “Carnevor, filet in bone.” 

Fun fact: “I was a seven-time boxing champion and competed all over the world with the U.S. National Boxing Team. In 1992, I competed in the Olympic trials. I defeated Vernon Forrest, who became a four-time world champion, and Jose Antonio Rivera, who became a three-time world champion.” 

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