Harbor District Staff

Tia Torhorst

Chief Executive Officer

Tia Torhorst is CEO of Harbor District and Director of BID 51. In these roles, Tia works to make Harbor District a vibrant waterfront community where diverse businesses, people and ecologies thrive together.

For the last twenty years, Tia has focused on improving communities. Prior to this role she has served as Assistant Deputy Secretary at the WI Department of Administration supporting the diverse work of the agency to support and improve government services and amenities and working to connect the dots between cabinet agencies. In addition, Tia has worked at gener8tor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Bar Association. While living in Washington, D.C., she worked for the National Partnership for Women and Families creating a national framework for improving health care quality,

Her husband, two kids, very fuzzy dog and Tia can be found kayaking on the waterways in Wisconsin and checking out the amazing parks and beer gardens. As founder of the Shorewood Farmers Market, Tia always checks out a community’s farmers markets when traveling to support the small growers and makers in our communities.

AARON ZELESKE

ENVIRONMENT DIRECTOR

Aaron Zeleske leads the Harbor District’s efforts to improve the ecological functioning of our corner of the city, focusing on improving habitat for fish and wildlife and green infrastructure practices that improve water quality. He works on several habitat restoration projects on the Kinnickinnic River, manages innovative projects like the Habitat Hotels and Trash Collector, and seeks to creatively incorporate environmental principles into everything happening in the Harbor. Through these projects and programs that connect people to nature, Aaron works to change how people think about and relate to the plants and animals with whom we share our city and our world.

“This is some of the most important work we as a species need to undertake in the coming decades. We must learn to balance our needs with the needs of other living things like climate change and Anthropocene mass extinctions pick up steam. Even our developed, industrial harbor can be enhanced as a better functioning part of the ecosystems inside of which every human activity is nested, and improving its ecology will make a difference.”

Prior to joining Harbor District in 2019, Aaron spent over seven years working at Milwaukee environmental organizations, River Revitalization Foundation and Urban Ecology Center. He has a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Marquette University, where he was a recipient of the Trinity Fellowship. Outside of work, Aaron is a ceramic artist and avid cyclist and outdoorsman.

Amy narr

Director of economic development
Amy is the Director of Economic Development at Milwaukee Harbor District, where her main focus is to strategize and lead business engagement opportunities in the Harbor District area to support a healthy business community. 
 
Amy is a proud Milwaukee native with a passion for small business development. She is a twice- graduate of UWM, with a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Master in Sustainable Peacebuilding. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru, 2013-2016). Her work in sustainable community economic development in rural developing countries allowed her to gain perspective on the dynamic difficulties that much of the global population faces when dealing with poverty and social inequities.
 
Before coming to Milwaukee Harbor District Amy started and operated Triciclo Peru, an independent family-run Peruvian restaurant on Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Amy uses her experience as a small business owner to support other entrepreneurs in addressing access to economic opportunities for a thriving and prosperous Milwaukee. Amy spends her time outside of work cooking, exploring new restaurants, hiking with her dog Inti, and doing yoga.

nora godoy-González

placemaking director
Nora Godoy-González is the Placemaking Director at Milwaukee Harbor District. Nora manages community input and outreach activities to increase the visibility of the organization within the community to meet the organizational vision and goals. She builds and reinforces relationships with resident, neighboring southside communities and Latino business connections to ensure community input is at the center of decision making. She also strategizes and implements communication for the organization on communication platforms.
 
Prior to working at the Milwaukee Harbor District, Nora was a Community School Coordinator through the Milwaukee Community School Partnership where she worked closely with the stakeholders at a local Southside K-8 school to create and sustain systems within the school to ensure the success of students, parents/guardians, and the school.
 
Nora is a proud Milwaukeean with roots in Zacatecas, Mexico, where her family is from. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Spanish for the Business Professions from Marquette University. Nora is passionate about community work and approaches her work through the lens of equity, inclusion, and authenticity. She believes the best way to approach community work is through an open mind and meeting people where they are at to ensure people feel valued and part of the team. Outside of work, Nora is a huge foodie and frequents locally owned restaurants with her loved ones, enjoys baking and cooking, reading, running and walking in nature, traveling the world, and cuddling with her cat.

katie stensberg

operations MANAger

Katie Stensberg is the Operations Manager at the Harbor District. Her primary roles are to keep the office running smoothly and serve as a support person to the Harbor District Team. Katie is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and has an extensive background in Marketing and Advertising. When not at work, Katie is an artist and can be found enjoying nature. 

 

JUDY KRAUSE

FINANCE MANAGER

Judy Krause is the Finance Manager for Harbor District. She is the Principal Consultant of Judy Krause Consulting, LLC, a fiscal and project management firm specializing in nonprofit and community-focused clients. She has over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit finance professional and previously worked as the Director of Finances and Operations at Urban Ecology Center. As a consultant, Judy works with organizations to increase fiscal knowledge, ensure strong financial operations, and improve planning.

Judy is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional through the National Association of Nonprofit Accountants & Consultants. She received her Bachelor of Science from Knox College in Economics. She is a fourth-degree black belt and certified instructor in ATA taekwondo. She enjoys exploring local, state, and national parks on foot throughout the seasons.

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