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Nikki Purvis

Real Estate and Development | Economic Development
President and CEO
African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin | Milwaukee

Nikki Purvis was selected to lead the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin this summer. The Milwaukee-based AACCW runs several programs in support of Black-owned businesses, including a revolving loan fund and its RISE entrepreneurial training program. Purvis previously worked for the city of Milwaukee for 13 years, initially as its small business development director and more recently as its first chief equity officer. Purvis was previously chairwoman of the AACCW, former commissioner of the Social Development Commission, and past board president of the Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin Inc.

Education: Bachelor’s, Marquette University; master’s, Cardinal Stritch University

Hobby/passion: “I’m artistically inclined, so whenever I can indulge in music or finish a sewing project, I’m at peace.”

Fun fact: “Most people are surprised to learn that I’m a drummer. In fact, I used to fill in at Sunday service. Just imagine the shock on everyone’s face when I sat down at the drum set and grabbed the sticks!”

Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “Sojourner Family Peace Center, because I’m a victor of domestic violence. SFPC’s services and staff helped me move past one of the most traumatic moments of my life, and I will always be grateful for their advocacy.”

Top of your bucket list: “Sing the National Anthem at a Bucks or Packers game.”

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