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What is your story? How did you end up in Milwaukee? Alison Cefalu

I grew up in the Milwaukee area but left because I had a chance to play soccer for a high-level collegiate program. I moved back after graduation (and after realizing I was not the next Mia Ham!). Like many, I’ve felt the tug to live somewhere else, but the Milwaukee hold is too strong!

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

Milwaukee is constantly improving and evolving. I love that it is always presents opportunities to explore personally and professionally.

Favorite spot in the city?

I have two… Buckley’s is always my response to the question, “where do you want to eat?” And, almost every Sunday morning in the summer I take a (slow) jog down Lincoln Memorial Drive just to enjoy the sunshine and views.

Milwaukee festival you are eager to attend each year?

Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair are standards for me! I always look forward to the music, atmosphere, but I love the people watching at Brady Street Festival the most.

What drew you to Echelon?

I was drawn to Echelon because of the positive impact it has made in a short time. I believe in the power and inspiration of volunteer organizations, and it is evident that this group creates change. I love being surrounded by motivated people who are eager to learn from each other, and continue the building momentum.

Share with us a memorable experience you have had thus far with the organization.

I am really looking forward to the Channel 12 Class Act. I work with urban youth and I know the importance of starting school prepared.

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

Our city is incredibly divided but we can bridge this gap through service. Our coevals are already more dedicated to charity and service than our parents’ generation, strong leadership and community-focused groups will bring compelling change.