The Board of Directors at Cream City Foundation represent a cross section of Milwaukee's business and non-profit community. We are a fully volunteer board, but fully dedicated to the long term success of the Foundation.
JP Morgan Chase
An 18+ year resident of Milwaukee County, Charlie Nash joined the Board in January 2021. Charlie is an Executive Director with JP Morgan Chase and has over 20 years of experience in financial services and technology. Throughout his career, Charlie has been engaged with activism in the corporate world and wider community.
Charlie has served in local leadership as a part of GE HealthCare’s Pride Alliance employee resource group and volunteered across the community for a number of years.
He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Marquette University. Charlie and his family live in Oak Creek, WI.
Laura joined the board of directors in January 2022 to give back to the LGBTQ community in Wisconsin. She is the Director of Corporate Training at Natera. She is also involved in the company’s resource groups and DEI engagement. Prior to Natera, Laura was a Performance Consultant and Coach for U.S. Bank, focusing on employee development and personal growth.
She grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and has been a resident of Wauwatosa since 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her master’s degree from Capella University. Laura is married to her wife, Katie, and enjoys outdoor activities, creating art, and cooking.
Robert W. Baird and Company
Chris is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Cream City Foundation. He originally joined the organization in 2016 as a member of the Scholarship Committee, then joined the Board of Directors in 2017.
Chris is an IT professional currently working as an IT Delivery Manager at Robert W Baird & Co. In addition to his primary role at Baird, he is currently a member of the Spectrum (LGBTQ+) ARG and IT Advisory and Implementation Committee focused on enhancing the associate experience of diverse associates. He also worked part time for 13 years with Management Cornerstones, a consulting company for nonprofit organizations and Fund Advisor to the Nonprofit Management Fund of Greater Milwaukee.
Chris is a strong advocate for community involvement and an active member of the nonprofit community. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Gay Sports Network, and was previously a Board member of the Milwaukee Gay Volleyball Association for over 10 years. He has also served as a mentor for multiple students through the Marquette College of Business Mentor program.
Robin was introduced to the Cream City Foundation during a Diversity and Inclusion event at Harley-Davidson during Pride month and has been a supporter ever since. Robin joined the CCF Board in June of 2017 and began serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors in January of 2018. Robin is proud to serve the LGBTQ+ community in Southeastern Wisconsin and is grateful for the opportunity to work with a talented and diverse group of directors.
Robin has worked at Harley-Davidson Motor Company for over 25 years and has held various positions in North American Sales, Business Process Transformation, GIS and operations. She currently works as a Business Process lead and is tasked with working with business users to document business processes and requirements. She also has the responsibility of proving out those processes, beginning with process design and continuing through system implementation. She specializes in process improvements, system implementations, training, and mentoring.
In addition to her day-to-day business responsibilities, Robin is one of the founding members of Harley’s LGBTQ+ Business Resource Group: EAGLE, an Employee Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Employees. As another part of her professional diversity and inclusion efforts, she has served as a representative to the Wisconsin LGTB Chamber of Commerce’s LGBT Workplace Alliance and is a past lead of EAGLE. She has a Bachelor of Science in English from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI is a six-sigma yellow belt and an SAP Certified Associate. A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Robin currently resides in Elkhorn with her wife, children, and various furry companions.
Husch Blackwell, LLP
Angie Harden is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Cream City Foundation. She has served in several critical roles for Cream City over her six-year tenure with the Foundation, including Scholarship Committee Member, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, and Board of Directors member. Angie still runs Cream City’s Scholarship program in addition to her role as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.
When not working with Cream City Foundation, Angie is a practicing lawyer in Milwaukee at Husch Blackwell LLP. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and insurance defense. Angie also leads her firm’s LGBTQ Affinity Group, which serves to create a safe and inclusive place for all LGBTQ staff at Husch Blackwell. She received her Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 2015 and graduated from Carthage College with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010. Before law school, Angie lived in Costa Rica for a year and served as a volunteer English Teacher through the World Teach Program. Angie and her wife live in the Walkers Point neighborhood of Milwaukee.
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
Jamie is the Director of Orthopaedic and Spine Programming for Froedtert Health, in collaboration with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. With a focus on surgical care, Jamie is responsible for program development, quality measurement/improvement, cost containment, patient experience, and coordination of services across the patient care continuum. Jamie has been with F&MCW since 1991.
He is also the Chair of Froedtert Health’s LGBTQ and Allies Business Resource Group. In collaboration with the Department of Diversity & Inclusion, the BRG supports our LGBTQ+ employees internally, advances equity and knowledge across the organization, and interfaces with the external patient-facing aspects of care for the diverse communities served by the health system across SE Wisconsin.
Jamie studied Physical Therapy at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Originally from Peshtigo, WI, Jamie has lived in the Milwaukee area since college. He lives in Sussex with his husband Trey, and has three young adult children. For fun, Jamie enjoys gardening, camping, and anything outside.
Peter has been a member of the CCF board since 2018 and has served on the convening committee and fundraising and development committee. Peter has a long history for non-profit management and board service including serving as Executive Director, Internal Auditor, Treasurer, and Chairperson. He’s also lead and served on LGBT focused employee resource group chapters.
Peter grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University High School and the University of Lousiville. He is a mortgage loan officer with U.S. Bank and hopes to one day retire in Palm Springs.
Camrin LaFond is a Milwaukee local committed to creating positive change in the community. She has been continuously involved with the Cream City Foundation, regularly attending Summer Social Events and Business Equality Luncheons before being welcomed as a board member in January 2021. Camrin is currently the Senior QA Analyst for Milwaukee Tool’s website team and has spent her career in tech at many prominent southeastern Wisconsin companies. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, engaging in activities such as gardening, camping, hiking, and cycling.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Nick Johnson has served on the CCF board since 2019. Nick is an attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, where his regulatory counseling practice focuses particularly on environmental and FDA matters. Nick is a native of Hudson, WI and a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law. He lives with his partner and a large Maine coon cat named Madeleine Albright.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Born in Puerto Rico, Marwill was raised in Milwaukee since 1981 and has spent most of his life as a proud Milwaukeean. He has worked at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) for the past 23 years, currently serving as the Director of Student Recruitment and the Call Center. Marwill has a passion for education and his desire to help others build their upward mobility has driven him to engage in transformative community involvement, volunteering for GOTV efforts and community outreach for the Holton Street Clinic.
Outside of work, his personal interests revolve around health and wellness, which is powered by a regular yoga practice. In his downtime, he hangs out with his best friend Carmella, a 15-year-old Chihuahua Poodle and travelling to Florida and Puerto Rico to visit family and explore new places. Marwill enjoys spending time with his friends at some of the best bars and restaurants throughout Milwaukee. It’s a city that has so much to offer and he feel blessed to be part of this vibrant community.
Emmett is a Project Lead Engineer at Milwaukee Tool and a resident of Milwaukee. He believes strongly in continuing to foster CCF as an organization that can continue to be a driver of community support. In addition to his role with Milwaukee Tool, Emmett plays drums in a band and is very proud of his cat, Chloe, who is absolutely spoiled.
Joseph brings significant experience in the philanthropic sector as a philanthropic advisor, a leader of community foundations, and a fundraising strategist focused on building and implementing comprehensive campaigns, including for major universities and one of the country’s largest HIV/AIDS service organizations. He serves as a managing director at Arabella Advisors where he works to realize transformative philanthropic impact across a wide variety of issue areas by helping his clients leverage Arabella’s array of advisory and fiscal sponsorship tools and services.
In his free time, Joseph has been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and a volunteer to Cream City Foundation and other organizations dedicated to making Milwaukee a more inclusive and equitable place. In 2016, he co-founded Miltown LGBT Families (now Out Families), an organization that builds community among LGBTQ led families. The organization has seen tremendous growth and now serves hundreds of families across WI, as well as in nearby states.
Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University in psychology and education studies, a master’s in public administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in nonprofit management and leadership, and a master’s in business administration from Marquette University. Additionally, he is a chartered advisor in philanthropy and a certified fundraising executive. Joseph is passionate about issues related to education, economic mobility, and LGBTQ equity and inclusion. He lives on Milwaukee’s East Side with his husband and son.
Cory Highshaw has worked for US Bank since 2012. Most recently, he was a Business Banking Development Consultant for the state of Wisconsin before becoming a Business Banking Relationship Manager in August 2022. During his time at US Bank, he has focused on providing excellent customer experiences, increasing the use of digital platforms to achieve sales, and supporting development and training for all employees. His guiding principles for effective leadership include leveraging branch partners to provide additional value to clients from financial and regulatory standpoints, using his vast knowledge of the financial industry to provide guidance through this these unusual times since COVID19, and leading by example. Cory is an advocate for providing financial literacy and lessening the wealth gap for minority-owned business owners.