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What is your story? How did you end up in Milwaukee?Jonathan Newby

My father took a job here in Milwaukee in 2002. What I thought was a terrible situation ended up being a tremendous blessing. After high school I stuck around for college and decided to make this great city my home.

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

I love the culture of Milwaukee. Midwestern values and tradition are very similar to the south. I've made some of the best friends I've ever had here in this city and would love to raise a family here.

Favorite spot in the city?

I love spots like Bavette, a great butcher shop and restaurant in the Third Ward - an unassuming place that's comprised of individuals that love their trade. The employees of Bavette take pride in what they do and the product they deliver. It's admirable, very Milwaukee.

Milwaukee festival you are eager to attend each year?

Summerfest! I love the energy that comes to this city every year during that festival.

What drew you to Echelon?

An opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the best this city has to offer in young professionals.

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

My first meeting with Echelon. It was a Saturday morning (early) at an East Point coffee house. The passion that everyone shared for innovative and out of the box events was so refreshing. Seeing people who work tirelessly throughout the week come together on a day off in the name of community service made me excited about Echelon's potential.

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

Segregation.

I moved here from a city full of diversity. I hate that we are identified as "The Most Segregated City in the Country.” I'd love to see more interaction between communities. Groups like Echelon have the potential to spark that change. It's not easy nor is it quick; however, it's necessary.