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.
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.
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.