School of Business
"Promoting Racial Equity Through Community Development"

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Hall

Presentation: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Reception to follow in Predolin Commons (Outside of Wingra Cafe)



Promoting Racial Equity through Community Development | The community development field is grappling with its role in promoting racial equity. This session will provide a framework for understanding the issue of racial equity from the perspective of policy, community-based efforts, and investments. Join us for an intimate conversation with community leaders as they share insights on the connection between people, place, and racial equity, as well as ideas on how the field can invest in a more just and equitable society.



Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., Ph.D

President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison

Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., was appointed president & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison in March 2015. Dr. Anthony has been a manager for over 27 years. He started RowJAC Consulting, a Management and Planning Firm that Specializes in Civil Rights in government contracting, in 2013. Through RowJAC he has served as the interim Director of Milwaukee County’s Community Business Development Program which is responsible for enforcing compliance in procurement and contracting. Dr. Anthony has also served as a disadvantage business enterprise capacity building adviser to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and to the Dulles Airport in Washington D.C.

Prior to launching RowJAC, Dr. Anthony was the Senior Vice-President of Bloom Companies, an engineering firm, from 2010 to 2013. The majority (19 years) of his career has been as a manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation where he started as a first line supervisor and eventually became the Deputy Secretary and served as the Chief Operations Officer from 2003 to 2010. As the Deputy Secretary he managed 3,600 FTEs and an annual budget of over $3.25 billion dollars. He was also responsible for managing the day to day operations of the agency and overseeing the programming of all areas.

Ruben has an extensive professional and academic background in disadvantaged business development. Under his leadership WisDOT reached historically high DBE goals on all mega projects. In 2004 he won local, regional and national awards from the US Small Business Administration. He won an excellence award from the Wisconsin supplier’s Diversity Council in 2004 and 2008 and a Stewardship and Advocacy Award from the National Association of Minority Contractors in 2010.

Ruben is the architect of the “Wisconsin Model” for increasing disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation. As result, in 2010 and 2011 Dr. Anthony was asked to go on a national tour with the FHWA to share the model with other states. The federal highway administration (FHWA) has deemed this among the top two models in the nation for increasing small and disadvantaged business participation.

Dr. Anthony and his wife Wanda have lived in Dane County Since 1988 and they have three children: Anderson, Justice and Cornelius. Ruben is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Wyman B. Winston

Former Executive Director, WHEDA

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Wyman attended Chicago Vocational High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received a Bachelor of Architecture and Black Studies in 1977. Wyman began his career at the nation’s first community development bank, South Shore Bank in Chicago and later served as the Deputy Director of the Atlanta Development Authority and Deputy Director and COO of the Portland Development Commission. Wyman moved to Wisconsin and spent 14 years at WHEDA as a Senior Manager, first in Multifamily and later heading the Emerging Markets Group. Wyman was a Senior Fellow at the American Leadership Forum from 2004-2005.

For eight years, 2011 to 2019, Wyman served at the Executive Director of Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), a multi-billion-dollar state housing authority that supports the development of affordable housing and fosters business growth and job creation. Under Wyman’s leadership, WHEDA invested $2.8 billion in Wisconsin for the development of more than 24,000 units of affordable housing, created new programs to help 450+ small businesses create employment opportunities and provided catalytic economic development investment in low-income Wisconsin communities; and, post the Great Recession, re-established WHEDA as a mortgage lender to low- and moderate-income home buyers.

In 2012, WHEDA unveiled Transform Milwaukee, a public-private initiative focused on restoring economic vitality to Wisconsin’s largest city. Through WHEDA financing and public-private partnerships, the initiative generated more than $750 million of development in Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.

Wyman also served on the Governor's Task Force on Minority Unemployment and the Council on Workforce Investment. He was President of the Greater Wisconsin Opportunities Fund, a Community Development Entity. In 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago appointed Wyman to a two-year term on its Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor.



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