Today the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) announces that Erika Sanders has been appointed its new President and CEO. Ms. Sanders succeeds William R. Tisdale, who retired in June after 45 years of service to the Council. MMFHC Board Chair Richard Strode stated, "We are pleased that the type of leader we needed to continue our mission in the twenty-first century was available, in plain sight, and already part of our leadership team. Ms. Sanders has the integrity, passion, and vision that a civil rights organization requires."
Ms. Sanders has worked for MMFHC since 1998, and has held a variety of positions within the organization, both as an administrator and in the provision of direct services to Wisconsin residents. Most recently, she has led MMFHC's Outreach and Education Program. In this role, she created innovative campaigns to combat illegal housing discrimination and promote integrated, inclusive communities. "The nature of housing discrimination is continually changing," said Ms. Sanders, "and we must be responsive to those changes, in every part of the housing market and in every part of Wisconsin. With this always in mind, MMFHC's outstanding staff achieve results for the people we serve." Ms. Sanders holds degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
"Ms. Sanders is the clear choice to assume this unique and important leadership role," said outgoing President and CEO Mr. Tisdale. "For the past 25 years at the Council, she has repeatedly demonstrated the skill set, judgement, and commitment to effectively combat the discriminatory housing policies and practices affecting our communities. It is without reservation that I give my full support to her as MMFHC’s President and CEO. I know that she will continue to stay the course of justice, and aggressively pursue the Council’s mission."
For more information about MMFHC, its mission, and its services, visit www.fairhousingwisconsin.com.