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Meet the Commissioners

Photo of the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commissioner and board.

 


Chez Ordonez, Acting Chair

Picture of Commissioner Chez OrdonezChez Ordoñez is an accomplished and unorthodox leader in public affairs, policy, and marketing. Currently, Chez is the Midwest Marketing Director for a leading nonprofit as well as the Acting Chair of the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission.

As a first-generation American, Chez was raised in a diverse household with an Italian Mother and Mexican Father, who taught him to always look for the third path and to challenge mainstream practices. He continuously approaches all situations with the framework of inspiring innovation, and leverages his natural ability as a high performing communicator and storyteller for the betterment of those around him.

Having notably led and consulted in public affairs and public policy for leading institutions, these unique experiences provide him with key insights on the cross-sections of government and nonprofit arenas.

Chez believes that what you say and do matters, even from those who have been silenced. With an advocate by their side, or empowering someone to advocate for themselves, people often have a compelling and relatable story to share that can effect change.


Mayhoua Moua

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Mayhoua Moua is founder and president of Moua Consulting Group, LLC, in which she uses over twenty years of experience in the not-for-profit social services to close cultural gaps and language barriers. Mrs. Moua has served on many boards of directors locally and nationally. She has been recognized and received awards for her work in the Wisconsin Woman Magazine twice, Wisconsin Historical Society, Portraits of Hmong Women, Milwaukee Business Journal, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Hmong Woman of the Year 2010, The Vatican II Award by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and the Catholic Herald.


 Tony Snell Rodriguez

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As a longtime human rights activist and community organizer, Tony comes to Milwaukee from South Carolina, where he served as president of South Carolina Pride for several years and is a founding member of the Harriet Hancock Center Foundation. In Milwaukee, Tony is a member of the City’s Equal Rights Commission (ERC), Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors and PrideFest Production Team, and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center Board of Directors – and has served as its interim executive director.

Over the years, Tony has served as an LGBTQ Community spokesperson while organizing initiatives and demonstrations, including an infamous trip to Bob Jones University; Pride events in Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the historic inclusion of S.C. Pride in the Columbia St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and state Senate passage of a hate crime bill which included sexual orientation. In 1998, Tony was interviewed by the New York Times in a ground-breaking, front page story about LGBT political organizing in the South. Demanding transgender inclusion, he was instrumental in the crafting and passage of the City of Columbia Human Rights Ordinance – first in the state and groundbreaking in the South. Tony has also served as a founding member of both the Equality Federation (a national group of state LGBT organizations) and the F.B.I. Community Engagement Council.

Most recently, as a member of the ERC, Tony initiated a successful effort with staff to advance the city’s HRC Municipal Index score from a 72 to a 92, joined colleagues to craft the new ERC ordinance with broader protections, and proposed the city’s inaugural International Human Rights Day celebration and awards ceremony. While serving as the Center’s interim executive director, he and his staff led a community coalition ensuring the passage of Milwaukee’s ordinance banning conversion therapy.

Milwaukee Magazine says Tony is passionate about human rights and his Twitter account is one of ten you want to follow (@TonyEquality). A newly released book Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement features Tony as a contributor and chronicles his coming out and advocacy.

Tony, a Spanish-American, is happily married to Dr. Wujie Zhang and proud to call Milwaukee their home.


Nathan Guequierre

Nathan Guequierre is an urban planner with 15 years’ experience in managing project focusing on urban redevelopment, economic analysis, policy analysis, and transportation planning and design. All his work is centered on effective and equitable public and stakeholder involvement. He leads teams of professionals for a variety of public sector clients. He has a special focus on pedestrian systems planning and environmental justice evaluations. He works for a Fortune 500 company.

 

Born in Milwaukee, Nathan grew up in Michigan. He returned to Milwaukee in 1988 with an undergraduate degree in English. He worked as staff writer at the Milwaukee Art Museum, associate editor of Milwaukee’s Art Muscle magazine, and regularly wrote articles for newspapers and magazines around the country, including Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express, where he served as the paper’s art critic for a decade. He is the author of City-Smart: Milwaukee (1997, John Muir Press, San Francisco), a hopelessly out of date guidebook to Milwaukee.

 

Nathan earned a master’s degree in urban planning  from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For the last decade and a half, his work has focused on public involvement, particularly in the framework of environmental justice evaluation: assessing the disparate impacts of infrastructure development on minority and low-income populations and working with the people affected by those projects to maximize their benefits and serve the needs of all residents. He leads complex projects for municipal, state and Federal agencies. In addition to the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commissions, Nathan serves on the board of directors of the Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin.


Martha Collins

Martha Collins is an experienced, nonprofit leader and civil rights activist.  For nearly two decades, she has fought on the front lines to enhance the lives of low-income children, families and communities throughout Wisconsin. In her previous work experiences, she has excelled in empowering, organizing, and mobilizing people from diverse economic, social and cultural backgrounds to work together for positive change.

Martha has experience in developing the next generation of progressive future candidates, political leaders, organizers, and community activists across the state. In 2013, she received the “Organizer of the Year” award from Citizen Action of Wisconsin recognizing her leadership within the Raise Up MKE fast-food workers campaign, in which she led a coalition of community leaders, workers and organizations that introduced and passed the living wage ordinance for low wage workers throughout Milwaukee county.

Martha is currently the Founder & Senior Partner with LEAD180, a consulting group which help find solutions to ensure equal opportunity and core human and civil rights by collaborating with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need.  

Martha is the former state director with 9to5, which is one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the U.S., dedicated to putting working women’s issues on the public agenda. In 2015, Martha led a coalition of statewide members and organizations to preserve the Wisconsin Family Medical Leave Act from being repealed by the state legislature.

Martha is a proud graduate of Milwaukee Public School with a primary study of Information Technology at George Washington High School. She attended Cardinal Stritch University and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and Nonprofit Management through Springfield College.

Martha is passionate about advocacy. She has served on several local and national nonprofit boards. In May 2018, Martha was appointed to the Equal Rights Commission with City of Milwaukee. Previously, she served for three years on the City of Milwaukee Ethics Board.

Martha resides in Milwaukee with her two sons: Sean and Seth.


Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer Bennett, P.E., is Ojibwe and Odawa (Crane clan), a Band member of Wiikwemikoong First Nation (Ontario, Canada) and a descendant of the Bad River Band of Ojibwe Indians and Walpole Island First Nation (Ontario, Canada). She is also a licensed professional civil engineer with over 17 years completing the design and implementation of civil and environmental engineering projects in both the public and private sector. She has worked for the past 12 years as an environmental engineering consultant and has expertise in environmental investigation work as well as providing onsite engineering support during remedial/corrective action and demolition projects. The early part of her career involved writing capital planning studies and providing construction oversight for various First Nations in Ontario, Canada.

She comes to Milwaukee by way of Houston and the San Francisco Bay Area where she has experience organizing with local Native community organizations. As the Literary Program Co-Director of the Native American Community Center, she coordinated monthly literary speaking engagements of local and visiting Indigenous writers. Using her minor in American Indian Studies from Cornell University, she has written feature pieces for a variety of periodicals seeking to illuminate critical Indigenous issues. Most recently, as a member of Team Indigenous at the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup, her team used the international platform to bring awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic (#mmiw) in Canada and the U.S. to the stage of the feminist emerging sport.

In her spare time, Jennifer has also served for 12 years as a member and trainer of her local women's flat track roller derby non-profit organizations, developing athleticism and fostering sportswomanship. She has volunteered countless hours to operational tasks of the self-operating leagues, primarily serving as a captain, coach, or trainer of intraleague teams and the competative interleague teams. 


Reggie Jackson 

Reggie Jackson, is an award winning journalist, a graduate of Concordia University and Head Griot (docent) of America's Black Holocaust Museum and 2015 winner of the Eliminating Racism Award from southeast Wisconsin's YWCA and 2016 Courageous Love Award from the First Unitarian Society. He is the 2017 winner of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award from the City of Milwaukee. He won the first ever MICAH Legacy Award in 2018. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert H. Ziebert Social Justice Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council. In August 2016 he accepted a position as Community Relations Writer for the Milwaukee Independent. He was invited to be a contributing writer for the Huffington Post in October 2017. His 2018 column on Milwaukee segregation won the 2017 Silver Award for best online column from the Milwaukee Press Club. Reggie has served as a race relations expert for CNN, Wisconsin Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Reuters News Service the BBC and several statewide news channels. In May 2018 he was appointed as a member of the Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission by Mayor Barret and the Common Council.

 

Reggie first volunteered with ABHM in 2002. A year later, he was appointed Head Griot and began training the new griots. He led hundreds of tours during the last six years that the physical museum was open. After hearing ABHM’s founder, Dr. James Cameron, tell his story of surviving a lynching in 1930. He joined the board of directors in 2005. Jackson served on the original museum's board of directors from 2005 to 2017, including two terms as chair. Later he became Dr. Cameron’s protegé and, since his mentor’s death, one of the few experts on the life of this unsung civil rights hero.

 

From 2008-2010 he taught Contemporary Social Problems and Introduction to Sociology as an adjunct professor at Concordia University. He currently works as Educational Liaison Coordinator for a workforce services agency in Milwaukee. He is currently serving on the boards of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, RID Racism Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.


 Jessica Langill, Equal Rights Specialist

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Jessica Langill was born and raised in Milwaukee and has always called the south side her home. She graduated from Alverno College in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and supports in Community Leadership and Women's and Gender Studies and earned her Masters in Organizational Leadership and Civic Engagement through Claremont Lincoln University in 2019. Since 2010 Jessica has been working and volunteering in non-profit organizations that focus on areas of equal access to education, safe-sex education, homelessness and aging out of foster care, equal rights, and LGBTQ+ advocacy.

Currently Jessica serves as the Equal Rights Specialist for the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission. In this role she staffs the ERC, handles internal and community outreach, and brings about policies and procedures focused on improving the quality of life for all individuals living in the City of Milwaukee. Jessica is also an active community volunteer and a Production Team Manager for several areas at PrideFest Milwaukee and a non-skating official for the BrewCity Bruisers Roller Derby League. 

Jessica lives on the south side of Milwaukee with her wife and pets and enjoys board games, traveling, and plants.

 


 

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