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What is your story? How did you end up in Milwaukee?Ian Abston

I grew up in a small town in northern Illinois right on the Wisconsin border. I had to opportunity to play Division I soccer, so I went to college out in Washington, D.C. at the George Washington University. After that, I decided to come back to the Midwest and attend law school at Northwestern University in Chicago. After law school, I got a job at a law firm based in downtown Milwaukee. 

What keeps you in Milwaukee/What do you like best about Milwaukee?

I love that Milwaukee has everything that a big city has to offer, but it is so much affordable and accessible. I also feel like there is a lot of opportunity for growth and development in Milwaukee, which is exciting to be a part of. 

Favorite spot in the city?

The lakefront

Milwaukee festival you are eager to attend each year?

Bastille Days

What drew you to Echelon?

I’m new to Milwaukee, so I was looking for a way to get to the know city better as well as give back, when I heard about Echelon. The mission of the group really resonated with me as well as being able to work closely with the Salvation Army, which is an amazing organization. 

What struggles do you see our city dealing with? What can our generation do to help?

I believe that education is one of the most important tools you can give somebody to change their life. Continuing to improve our public school system and finding methods to keep kids in school and inspire them is so important. In addition to that, creating after-school programs for kids that allow them to learn new skills or activities and also so that they have a safe space is so important. I think our generation can help by continuing to be involved and being role-models to show kids how vital education is to achieving your dreams.