Chairman/CEO, Ruben W. Hopkins
A 14 year military veteran, Ruben is the founder of the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce. Concerned with the lack of business engagement and concerned for the future of the black community. For more than 10 years he as been positioning the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce to take a more active leadership role in improving quality of life in black communities throughout the State of Wisconsin.
President, Charese A. Gardner
Charese A. Gardner brings over 12 years of Real-Estate and Investment experience to the table & Including but not limited to her business experience in from elite positions held throughout wisconsin for over past 15 years. In 2010 She established Gardner & Associates LLC where she has strived to create, maintain and sustain Black Business throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. She is a community activist who enjoys helping others to achieve their goals of greatness. "You would have to really understand my story, to understand my drive" ~C.G.
Vice-President, Demary Howard
Fortunate Futures is a nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board to assist job seekers in securing employment. Fortunate Futures is located in the Milwaukee Enterprise Center North. Fortunate Futures is a state approved training provider and has an individualized training account with the State of Wisconsin Job Center. Fortunate Futures has a mission of combating poverty from three angles. Fortunate Futures approaches this complex issue from the aspects of providing job training, employment, and providing affordable housing to Milwaukee County Residents.
Treasurer, Angel Allen
With more than 14 years of shared experience in finance, higher education, employee relations, business partnership development, real estate, human resources, and case management Angel brings a diversified point of view to our team. Ms. Allen is passionate about enriching the lives of our community holistically. By breaking the barriers to success Angel desires to continue to make an impact on the city.
Board Member, Royce Luckett
This devoted husband, father, entrepreneur, war veteran, former police officer, former MPS teacher and board member of the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce was born and raised in Milwaukee. Upon successfully graduating from Custer high school, he enlisted into the United States Army where he served in several combat tours in support of Operation Desert storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After completing 8 years on active duty he transitioned back to Milwaukee and joined the Wisconsin National Guard and spent the next 14 years as a Military Police Officer. He then applied for and was accepted into Milwaukee Police Academy and was promoted to the position of Police Office. Serving his community for over the 15 years as a police officer and as a Sergeant of Police. Possessing the passion to become an entrepreneur, he partnered with his childhood friends to open Skybox Sports Bar located in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Committed to building a stronger community through mentorship, education, and leadership.
Past-President Seven Mussenden
Experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Philanthropy, Management, Healthcare, and Nonprofit Management. Strong business development professional with a Master of Science (M.S.) focused in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee.