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David Lee

Chief Executive Officer
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David is a nationally recognized non-profit leader, specializing in government relations, community relations, public affairs, and advocacy. Most recently, as the founding Executive Director at Feeding Wisconsin, David was the key driving force to launch and grow Wisconsin’s state association of food banks. Under his leadership, Feeding Wisconsin achieved 10X growth in four years. 

Before Feeding Wisconsin, David managed partnership and program development and led state government relations and grassroots advocacy at Feeding America, the national organization of food banks with offices in Chicago and Washington, DC. He has served as an adviser to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Hunger Partnership and the Farm Foundation’s Dialogue Project for a 21st Century Agriculture.

Before moving to Milwaukee, David was the Special Projects and Government Relations Coordinator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where he built and launched “Fed Up with Hunger,” the Los Angeles Jewish Community’s response to the hunger. In this role, he was the principal co-author on the Blueprint to End Hunger in Los Angeles, which was adopted by the city, county, and school district as their framework to address food insecurity.  

David also brings a rich, professional performing arts background to his role as CEO at ImagineMKE. David studied drama and acting at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. After attaining an A.B. in Film and Drama at Vassar College, David worked in New York and Los Angeles writing, acting, and directing plays and films. 

On stage, David played Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, a mystical Cuban, and himself in Readaptation on Hollywood's Theatre Row. IN Magazine hailed David's performance as Hepburn and Presley as "campy perfection." Prior to that, David was in the film Windtalkers, directed by John Woo. David’s production of Torn (LA, 2002), his full length improvisational stage play, was called “fascinatingly risky” by Rob Kendt and “…essentially an ingenious new form of theatre,” by Backstage West. Most recently, David played Vinnie in a staged reading of The Odd Couple for the Forte Theatre Company in Oak Creek. Prior to that, David earned rave reviews as Travis in The Boulevard Theatre Company’s production of Cowboy vs. Samurai by Michael Golamco (Always Be My Maybe). 

David’s film directing credits include The Marriage of Charlie Johnson. His short film Storybook Endings screened at the New York Independent Film Festival and Despair, another short, played at the High Brow/Low Budget Film Festival in Brooklyn, which later became Rooftop Films. Other regional theatre directing credits include, Suicide in B Flat by Sam Shepherd, Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, and The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder.

David serves on a number of boards and advisory committees including Outpost Natural Foods, one of the nation’s largest consumer food cooperatives; Ex Fabula, a Milwaukee non-profit that strengthens community bonds through the art of storytelling; and Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Education Fund. 

David is an alum of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business’ Business for Impact New Strategies Program, the Aspen Institute Academy 2.0 for Non-Profit Leaders, and the American Express/Independent Sector NGen Fellows program. He lives in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee with his wife where they stress over whether their dog Molly is living a rich and fulfilling inner life.

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MacArthur Antigua

Senior Director of Collective impact
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MacArthur Antigua was most recently the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Cross Sector Partnerships at Public Allies, a national nonprofit committed to building a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.  In that role, he sustained and accelerated the leadership practice of 8,000 Public Allies Alumni, as well as adapted the Public Allies leadership model for clients such as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and America’s Service Commissions.   

MacArthur has also trained in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count approach, and has also served as a faculty and coach for their grantees, such as Lutheran Services in America.  He also recently chaired the Independent Sector’s NGen Programming Committee, and was an American Express/Independent Sector NGen Fellow.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication studies from Northwestern University, which ignited his performance arts journey. While on campus, he was a founding member of The Titanic Players longform improvisational comedy ensemble.  After graduating, he’d follow his ensemble mates to the Chicago’s iO Theater (then ImprovOlympic) to study under Del Close and perform the Harold, the classic longform improv structure with house teams “Genealogy” and “Space Mountain.”  After relocating to Houston, TX, he started Massive Improv, the first longform improv ensemble and training center in that city, and directed ensembles that performed in the Del Close Improv Marathon (NYC), Dallas Comedy Festival, and the Out of Bounds Improv Festival (Austin, TX).  MacArthur would later reunite with Titanic as an Alumni Coach, and started college ensembles at the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

When he’s not working, he’s rabidly supporting Chicago sports teams, or ruminating on pop culture. He lives just outside of Milwaukee with his wife Paru, and his two daughters Leela and Meera.

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Antoine Carter

Director of Neighborhood Partnerships
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Antoine has been involved with community development and urban agriculture since 2011 through his work with Groundwork Milwaukee. He started his work with the organization as a Crew Leader and was responsible for leading residents, youth crews, and volunteers to complete residential and city projects. 

In 2014, he became the Program Manager of Milwaukee Urban Gardens, Groundwork's premier program, and continued working to build the overall capacity of the community gardens at the city-wide scale from 45 gardens in 2012 to 120 gardens in 2017. 

He was also the Community Engagement Director for the Frank Ziedler Center for Public Discussion where he responsible for their police and community program. 

Antoine recently graduated from the African American Leadership Program (AALP). In his spare time, Antoine likes to travel to experience art and culture and watch the Milwaukee Bucks with his wife and six-year-old son.

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Esteban Contreras

Communications and Network Development Fellow
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Esteban Contreras grew up on the south side of Milwaukee where he still resides. He is a proud alum of Milwaukee Public Schools, graduating from Milwaukee High School of the Arts where his love of all things music and theater grew (especially when they are combined)! In addition, he also has thirteen years of experience as a violinist. 

Esteban has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While studying at UWM, Esteban started working at the Milwaukee Art Museum which started his enthusiasm for non-profit work along with supporting arts and culture in the city. Later he became an Ally with Public Allies Milwaukee, a nonprofit organization that believes in the strength of diverse young people to become leaders in the city. During his first year, he completed his service with the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation. His role involved piloting a new program for educators to receive supplies for their students and classrooms, in an effort to alleviate the costs educators pay out of pocket. Esteban committed to pursuing a Fellowship with Public Allies Milwaukee, and secured his placement at Imagine MKE as the Communications and Network Development Fellow.

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Kennita Hickman

Director of Artist Support and Outreach
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Most recently, Kennita was the Event Producer at Ex Fabula, Milwaukee’s live storytelling organization that connects the city and its residents through real, personal stories. In this role, she produced 175 live events over two seasons, managing pre-show logistics, day of coordination and post project reports. She also served as point of contact for community partners and venues and worked in tandem with Ex Fabula’s marketing committee to support monthly storytelling events.

Kennita is also chief culture curator for Catera (formerly KIS Communications LLC), a brand strategy and management agency where she supports creatives and politicians. Her 20-year career has spanned writing, public relations, radio, and artist management. Artists managed include The Cranberry Show, Tapebenders, and B ALXNDR. 

Prior to her work at Catera, she wrote for various music publications including Urbanology, Relevant, and The Source. Previous board work includes Above the Clouds (Board Chair and board member), Repairers of the Breach (communications committee), WAMI (membership chair, secretary, and Vice President), and New Leaders Council (board member and co-chair).

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Annie Peterson

Executive Assistant / Office Coordinator
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Annie grew up in Minneapolis, MN, where she had her first internship with the Music for Life music therapy program at the MacPhail Center for Music. 

After studying Sociology and Medical Humanities at Boston College, she returned to the Midwest with her dog, Winnie, in tow. Annie quickly felt at home along Milwaukee’s lakefront and inside its fantastic music venues, which is where you can usually find her outside of office hours. 

Following work in real estate appraisal and property management for several years, her love of the arts and her passion for community engagement led her to Imagine MKE. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that celebrates the city she so proudly calls home.

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Lindsay Sheridan

Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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Lindsay is a future-oriented arts marketing leader. Most recently, Lindsay was the Director of Marketing and Strategic Engagement with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 

Prior to that, she served the Cathedral Choral Society, the symphonic-chorus-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral in DC, for four and a half years. As the Director of Marketing and Communications for the organization, she revitalized the brand and steadily grew revenue. She was appointed Interim Executive Director for the 2018-19 season, during which she was responsible for fundraising, major artistic projects, board management, staff coaching, and ensuring the overall fiscal health of the $1.1 million organization. 

In addition, Lindsay is the Co-Founder/Director of Water Street Music, a small nonprofit arts presenting organization in Decorah, IA. Over seven seasons, it has served over 6,800 audience members, featuring 280 artists in 9 venues. She has interned with Americans for the Arts, Arts Wisconsin, Wolf Trap, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Madison Opera. 

In 2018, Lindsay completed the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy, a graduate certificate program from University of Pennsylvania/National Arts Strategies. She has a BA in Music (focus on viola performance) from Luther College in Decorah, IA.