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Ruben Anthony

Nonprofits and Education
President and CEO
Urban League of Greater Madison | Madison

Transportation management leader Ruben Anthony Jr. was named president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Madison in 2015.  

During his tenure, the Urban League has increased job placements by nearly 40% and has made about 1,400 placements to date. 

The organization is currently building the Black Business Hub, a development that will include offices, storefronts, a coworking space and a shared commercial kitchen, on the south side of Madison. This fall, the organization received a $2.9 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the largest single private donation in its 55-year history. 

Anthony founded RowJAC Consulting, a management and planning firm that specializes in civil rights in government contracting, in 2013. He previously served as the interim director of Milwaukee County’s Community Business Development program, which is responsible for enforcing compliance in procurement and contracting.  

Anthony has also served as an advisor to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.  

He worked for nearly 20 years with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, ending his career as deputy secretary, overseeing 3,600 employees and a budget of more than $3.25 billion.  

Anthony has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a board member of the Madison Symphony and deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. 

Education: Bachelor’s, Marquette University; master’s in art, Jackson State University; master’s in science, UW-Madison; doctorate in Urban Studies, UW-Milwaukee.

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