Historic Milwaukee executive director to leave post in August

Anna-Marie Opgenorth announced plans to exit her role as executive director of Historic Milwaukee, Inc. (HMI) at the end of August.

In an email Opgenorth penned to HMI members on Friday, she did not explain why she will be leaving but said it was a “difficult decision.”

“The great opportunities HMI has brought and continues to bring me are impossible to measure, and so I can only hope to respond with relatively small measures of gratitude,” Opgenorth said in the email. “I will continue to, and will always strive to carry out my own work in the spirit of this great organization.”

Opgenorth, who has headed HMI since June 2007, also did not expand on her next steps but said she is “excited to begin new projects, exercise new areas of interest and carve different paths.”

HMI is a nonprofit organization committed to preservation of Milwaukee architecture and education on Milwaukee history. The organization has gained steam in recent years with its signature Doors Open Milwaukee events, its community panel discussions and its public tours of Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Opgenorth could not be reached for comment.

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