Join Jeremy Fojut, Co-Founder of NEWaukee, and Alexa Alfaro, Co-Founder of Meat on the Street, for a recurring inclusive and immersive show that tells stories of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, small businesses, entrepreneurs and non profits.
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Rick Banks is a Milwaukee native who is joining BLOC after spending three years as a neighborhood organizer. He’s been an activist and an organizer in Milwaukee since 2010 when he was spurred by protests following the passage of ACT 10. Rick proudly identifies as pro-labor, pro-student rights, pro-women & LGBT+ equality, and he strongly opposes white supremacy and police violence. Rick is a graduate of DemTeam, Democratic Leadership Institute, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, and the Associates in Commercial Real Estate Program. Rick's personal mission is the political and economic advancement of Black people.
Paul Wellington holds a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, though he works as a public library supervisor. He is the author of Black Built: History and Architecture in the Black Community, a publication discussing the work of Black architects in the United States. Paul also serves as Executive Director of MKE Black, a nonprofit that supports Milwaukee's Black businesses. He also runs the international blog ArchBrick Daily, showcasing the fan made LEGO architecture. Paul also has a wife and two year old daughter.
Nadiyah Johnson currently works at GE Healthcare as a Technical Product Manager in data analytics. She graduated from Marquette University with a master’s in computational science and is currently pursuing a PHD with a focus on computational science and mental health. Her research is predominantly geared toward mobile Health (mHealth). Nadiyah’s research has granted her recognition at several conferences around the globe..Nadiyah’s passion for diversity in STEM led her to launch her startup business – Jet Constellations. Jet Constellations is a local software company that functions to promote STEM education in Milwaukee, consult tech-oriented startups, and build a nurturing ecosystem of techies and entrepreneurs. As founder, Nadiyah aims to rebrand Milwaukee as “The Milky Way Tech Hub” – a tech hub representative of Milwaukee’s diverse population. Nadiyah is a recent Milwaukee Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree. She enjoys painting and teaching computer science in her free time. She currently sells her art in pop-up shops at local art fairs. When Nadiyah isn’t painting or working in the community she is spending quality time with her family.