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What is your story? How did you end up in Milwaukee?Maggie Dauss

I more or less grew up in Cedarburg, then made my way to Chicago for college and my first round of AmeriCorps on the west side. After that I headed to Duluth, MN, for my second AmeriCorps stint before coming back to Milwaukee to be closer to family in 2013. I love living in Milwaukee, being close to the lake, spending time with friends and family - there's always something fun to do or a new place to explore.

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

The feeling of being connected & having the opportunity to make an impact on the city; friends and family.

Favorite things about Milwaukee?

The food scene, access to great cultural assets, affordable living, the lakefront (I could go on...).

Favorite spot in the city?

There are too many! The swing park, the lakefront, Milwaukee Art Museum...

Milwaukee festival you are eager to attend each year?

The Milwaukee Film Festival!

What drew you to Echelon?

Service has always been a big part of my life, pretty much since I can remember, and I feel that Echelon has so much potential to really make an impact in Milwaukee and to provide new ideas and energy for The Salvation Army.

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

We have been doing some really interesting strategic work for some of The Salvation Army's core initiatives and I think this will be a unique asset we can bring to the table. I am excited to see what we will come up with and launch this year!

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

Milwaukee faces many issues related to access and equity. The best thing young professionals can do is to educate themselves and get involved with efforts to create a solution.