Harbor District Staff


Executive Director

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Lilith Fowler is the Executive Director of Harbor District, Inc., a new organization created to revitalize Milwaukee’s harbor and surrounding area. Lilith’s career has focused on the intersection between business and community development, including work at a fair trade coffee company and the San Francisco Public Market. She served as the first executive director of Menomonee Valley Partners, where she helped launch an award-winning redevelopment effort. In 2017, she was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence.” She serves as the treasurer of Milwaukee Riverkeeper and has also served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, the Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, and the Maryland Avenue School Fund.

Lilith grew up in San Francisco and has a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from Georgetown University. She and her husband Lincoln live on Milwaukee’s east side with their two children. In her decade as a stay-at-home mother of two, she enjoyed having time for gardening and cooking and spearheaded the transformation of a 14,000 sq ft school parking lot into a green playground.


Planning Director

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Dan Adams is the Planning Director for Harbor District, Inc.  In this role, Dan works with a variety of partners to coordinate efforts at redeveloping the Harbor District, including the development of a Water and Land Use Plan (WaLUP) that serves as the shared vision for the future of the District.

Dan previously worked for Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN), a non-profit community development organization serving 3 neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s near south side.  While at LBWN Dan spearheaded Quality of Life planning efforts as part of the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, planning and implementing numerous community improvement projects over his 5 years at LBWN.

Dan holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In his spare time, Dan serves on the boards of Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail and the Epic Center Community Organization. He is a proud father of two beautiful girls and a native Milwaukeean who is excited to be working to revitalize his hometown.


Water Projects Manager

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Lindsay is responsible for leading water-based projects in the District and coordinating those efforts with Harbor District partners. Her projects include leading Habitat Hotels programming with the School of Freshwater Sciences and Bradley Technical High School, managing stormwater and green infrastructure planning projects, and seeking opportunities to improve the ecological function of the area. Before joining HDI, Lindsay worked in graduate career services at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences connecting graduate students to employers and professional opportunities in a variety of water fields. Lindsay holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management, and a B.S. in Conservation and Environmental Sciences, both from UW-Milwaukee. During her graduate studies, Lindsay became interested in the redevelopment work of the Menomonee Valley Partners organization in Milwaukee, and she is excited to now be involved with similar work at Harbor District, Inc.

Active in the local water scene, Lindsay serves on the Board of Directors for Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions, the Leadership Team for the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern Citizen Advisory Committee, and as a Key Initiative Coordinator for Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust. Lindsay lives in Milwaukee with her husband, and she enjoys hiking, paddling, and outdoor gourmet cooking. She looks forward to playing a role in the creation of a waterfront that works for the citizens of Milwaukee, the economy, and the environment.

Tony Giron

Community Engagement Manager

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Tony Giron is the Community Engagement Manager for the Harbor District. He is responsible for building relationships and implementing programs that create or reinforce community connections to the Harbor District. His projects include organizing Harbor Fest, coordinating tours of the area, and seeking opportunities to collaborate with local partners.

Tony previously worked at the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation where he educated, encouraged, and advocated for better walking and biking conditions in Milwaukee and across the state. Before that he worked for Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance where he ran community programs that empowered neighbors to improve traffic safety on their streets. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in business. While there he started and ran a successful Borrow-A-Bike program.

Tony is a Master’s of Urban Planning student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He comes from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, which is known for its beautiful murals and close-knit communities. His family runs a Spanish language bookstore and distribution company. Tony currently lives in Riverwest with his partner, Caitlin, and his dog, Jane.