Alderwoman Chantia Lewis'
Chantia was born and raised in Milwaukee, has lived in District 9 for more than 10 years and is a small business owner, mother, wife, and veteran of the United States Air Force. She is an Emerge Alum who earned her degree from Alverno College, focusing on community leadership and development. Chantia is dedicated to progress and helping others achieve their goals. For three years, Chantia has been a board member for 9to5 Wisconsin, an organization that fights for social justice, and has recently been appointed to the 9to5 national board. She has worked on campaigns advocating for paid sick days and expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Chantia is committed to helping teens and young adults realize their potential. For more than five years, she has worked as a youth and adult trainer with her nonprofit organization One Step At a Time, better known as OSAT, to help these individuals develop the necessary skills to not only survive in the current job market but to thrive as well. She is driven by her dedication to ensuring that each person has an opportunity to make a better life for themselves. She was recently ordained as a minister and is a leader at her church.
Chantia will be an advocate for Milwaukee. She will work to make Milwaukee a more lucrative place for businesses, a more lively place for its citizens, and a safer place for its residents. She believes that Milwaukee should be a place that creates opportunity not one that smothers it. For too long, she has watched her community become a desolate shell of what it used to be. She wants to breathe new life into it and not only restore it to what it was, but make it better than what it was.