Portrait Project

Jaya Larsen Announcements, Employment, Events, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Stephanie Bradley Wilson Director of Health Equity and Violence Prevention, Common Wealth Development (2016 – Present) I serve as the Director of Health Equity & Violence Prevention managing the partnership of Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction grant.  This grant is a partnership with the Madison Police Department & City of Madison Community Development Division. I have enjoyed working with the staff of Common Wealth and being involved in the company’s efforts to stabilize neighborhoods through it various ventures of economic development, affordable housing, adult and youth workforce development.  It is a pleasure to work in collaboration with its many volunteers and interested people Michael Bruce Joining Forces for Families JFF is a core partner with Common Wealth’s work in …

Megan Diaz-Ricks Named Director of Economic Development at Common Wealth!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Business Incubators, Southwest Partnership, Youth Programs

On behalf of Common Wealth Development, we are honored, privileged, and excited to announce Megan Diaz-Ricks as the Director of Economic Development for Common Wealth Development. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to support our mission and help to lead our team towards our vision for Madison.” In this role and impact, Megan will lead all aspects of our Economic Development work, including the general vision, program development and administrative and personnel oversight of our Youth and Adult Workforce Development Programs, our Business Incubators (Main Street Industries & Madison Enterprise Center) and our commercial development projects and portfolio. Megan previously served as a Coordination of Care Specialist, supporting Common Wealth’s work in West Madison in the areas of adult workforce …


Shelli Lawler Announcements, Employment, Housing Leave a Comment

Common Wealth Development is seeking a motivated, energetic Housing Specialist to assist our team in the management of 146 affordable housing units on Madison’s east and west side.  This position involves marketing and leasing, administrative support, and tenant relations. Applicants should have strong administrative and organizational skills. This is a full-time position at 40 hours/week. Pay is $37,000-$42,000, depending on experience, with full benefits. Requirements: Excellent organization skills and attention to detail, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines, handle multiple responsibilities at once, and work effectively both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team Experience working with people from low-income homes and racially diverse backgrounds Ability to develop …


Karen Bednar Announcements Leave a Comment

2019 ATHENA nominee, Stephanie Bradley Wilson, currently serves as the Director of Health Equity and Violence Prevention at Common Wealth Development. In this position she oversees racial justice and health equity work, ranging from affordable housing, workforce development and community engagement. Prior to this Ms. Bradley Wilson was a member of the Madison Police Department for over 30 years holding several ranks from Officer to Lieutenant. She has been a driving force to help people overcome obstacles and realize their full potential. To learn more about Stephanie and the other nominees – plan to attend The Business Forum’s ATHENA Award Celebration on Tuesday March 12. To Register: https://www.thebusinessforum.org/event-3078725

Common Wealth Turns 40 Today!

Justice Castaneda Announcements, Events, Support Leave a Comment

40 years ago today, a small group of residents came together to found Common Wealth Development. Created in part as a response to a commercial rehabilitation feasibility study in the Wil-Mar Neighborhood, one of our earliest goals was to “preserve the social diversity that has long been a hallmark through a thoughtful mix of economic revitalization and physical rehabilitation.” Over the years our program areas have grown, our portfolio has expanded, and our internal capacity has been polished into the amazing organization that we are today. We could never have gotten to this place without the dedication and commitment of the thousands of people who have been connected to Common Wealth as tenants, job-seekers, small businesses, staff, board members, volunteers, …

Congrats on this Next Chapter, Sydney!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Uncategorized, Youth Programs

“It definitely feels like a family here,” Sydney reflected. Sydney will be greatly missed as part of the Common Wealth Development crew. Her contributions to the organization over the past one and a half years as a Youth Employment Specialist were instrumental in supporting the Youth Workforce Development Programs during a time of tremendous transformation. Sydney facilitated five sessions of the Youth-Business Mentoring Program at East and Memorial high schools, mentored 60 youth in the Youth-Business Mentoring Program, and worked with 16 youth in the 2018 Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship program. The highlight of her work was witnessing “students’ happiness when they get a job,” an outcome that was a major focus of Sydney’s creativity and commitment. The Youth Business …

Thanks, Liz! Congratulations!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Youth Programs Leave a Comment

Common Wealth Development is excited to congratulate Liz Machesney, our Youth Programs Manager! She will be joining the University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation as an Associate Student Services Coordinator. Liz started her journey with Common Wealth Development as an AmeriCorps Member three years ago. She grew her career as a Youth Employment Specialist and finally as our Youth Programs Manager. Liz oversaw our youth workforce development programs through a tremendous amount of change in the last year, including facilitating the re-launching of our entrepreneurial agricultural training program (PEAT) with Neighborhood Food Solutions, and transitioning the Youth Business Mentorship Program into a new 2-week curriculum to make the program more accessible for youth. Foremost have been her efforts …

Happy AmeriCorps Week, Fathiya and Molly!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Youth Programs Leave a Comment

AmeriCorps Week: March 11 – 17, 2018 Partners for After School Success (PASS) members contribute to AmeriCorps national goals by “Getting Things Done” in Dane County, Wisconsin! PASS is a multi-site program run by the Dane County Department of Human Services in partnership with thirteen host site agencies that provide youth development programming. PASS AmeriCorps members serve at host sites in predominantly low-income communities with the goal of providing educational support alongside middle and high school youth; providing extended learning programs that build social-emotional learning skills and engaging youth in service to the community. PASS AmeriCorps members are a vital part of the Youth Programs team at Common Wealth Development. Our award-winning programs serve a diverse group of youth who …

Congratulations, Diane!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Housing, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Congratulations to Diane Eddings on her new position with the Bayview Foundation as their new Housing Manager! Please join us in celebrating this great opportunity for Diane to continue her service to Madison and Dane County. Bayview is going through a transition and is working through their options for their path forward.  There is no person that we know of who is better qualified to guide them through this period than Diane Eddings. Common Wealth Development is proud to have one of our own in this leadership position. In her 20 years of service to Common Wealth Development, Diane has worked in numerous roles within the company.  First, as a Youth Employment Counselor and Coordinator, then in many roles in …