Welcome to a series introducing the women who were nominated by professionals and will be honored at "The Rad Women Celebration: Being Rad for Social Change." The event is hosted by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Italian Conference Center. The idea was inspired by the bestselling book "Rad American Women A to Z," by Kate Schatz, who is the keynote speaker at the event. More information at womensfundmke.org.
Janel Hines is a rad Milwaukee woman who serves as the director of grant programs and strategic initiatives for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
Hines graduated from Rufus King High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Bachelor of Art and Law degrees.
Hines is a member of Professional Dimensions. She is also a 2016 Professionals Learning About Community, Equity & Smart Growth (PLACES) Fellow with the Funder’s Network. The PLACES Fellowship challenges assumptions and exposes Fellows to new ways of thinking about the role of philanthropy in empowering historically underserved and low-income communities.
"Women aren’t waiting for change. We are making change in the workforce; visionaries strategically leading the way. It’s time the world recognized it," says Hines.
OnMilwaukee: What is your personal mission with the work that you do?
Janel Hines: My mission in the work that I do is to create opportunities to make people and places better. I was raised in a family that reinforced the importance of helping others and using your gifts to better the community. Law school was a natural choice. I became a criminal defense attorney to help balance the scales of justice. My work in misdemeanor and juvenile court helped me see how families cycle through the system.
Individuals and families needed services and resources to break the cycle. This took me into the nonprofit arena. Through social services, I saw the need for better policies. An opportunity to …Read more...