David is the Chief Executive Officer at Imagine MKE, where he leads our merry band of arts champions to harness the power of our region's arts community and culture creators. David is a nationally and locally recognized leader, including “Notable Minority Executives” from The Milwaukee BizTimes, and brings nearly 20 years of experience in non-profit government relations, advocacy, and legislative affairs. David brings a high-energy, entrepreneurial, and optimistic vision to inspire the team, board members, stakeholders, and partners to imagine and create the future of Milwaukee together. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Ex Fabula and Outpost Natural Foods.
Contact David at dlee [at] imaginemke.org to: learn more about our work and strategic outcomes, understand how arts and culture can drive solutions for complex civic and business problems, get involved with our public policy and advocacy work, discuss partnership opportunities, explore new ventures, and dream about dramatic haircuts and harebrained schemes.
Before Imagine MKE: David was the founding Executive Director of Feeding Wisconsin, where he planned, launched, and grew Wisconsin's statewide association of food banks. Under his leadership, Feeding Wisconsin grew by a factor of 10x in under four years and established itself as the largest hunger-relief organization in the state, facilitating nearly 60 million meals and $100 million in food related investments in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Prior to Feeding Wisconsin, David led Program Development, Government Relations, and Advocacy at the national office of Feeding America in Chicago and Washington DC.
David's professional background also includes experience outside the non-profit sector, including being a professional chef in Cambridge, MA; monitoring financial service industry compliance for Fortune 500 and Global 50 companies on Wall Street; and marketing strategy and positioning for new product launches for clients like Gillette and Seagram's Beverage Company.
David also brings brings a rich, professional performing arts background to his role as CEO at Imagine MKE. David studied drama and acting at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. After attaining an A.B. in Film and Drama at Vassar College, David worked in New York and Los Angeles writing, acting, and directing plays and films.
MacArthur is Imagine MKE's Senior Director of Collective Impact. In this role, he oversees the Work Group process to mobilize the time, talent, and treasure of our city's leaders, artists, and activists in service advancing the shared agenda. He also is the key designer and deliverer of how Imagine MKE convenes, which includes both virtual engagements as well as in-person.
Contact MacArthur at mantigua [at] imaginemke.org to: get involved in the Work Groups, share insights on how you convene folks in a way that engages their head, heart and hands, nerd out on sports, comedy and pop culture, meet up for a coffee.
Before Imagine MKE: He was the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Cross Sector Partnerships at Public Allies, a national nonprofit committed to building a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. In that role, he sustained and accelerated the leadership practice of 8,000 Public Allies Apprenticeship Alumni, as well as adapted the Public Allies leadership model for clients such as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and America’s Service Commissions.
MacArthur has also trained in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count practice, and has also served as faculty and coach for their grantees, such as Lutheran Services in America. He also recently chaired the Independent Sector’s NGen Programming Committee, and was an American Express/Independent Sector NGen Fellow.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication studies from Northwestern University, which ignited his performance arts journey. While on campus, he was a founding member of The Titanic Players longform improvisational comedy ensemble. After graduating, he’d follow his ensemble mates to the Chicago’s iO Theater (then ImprovOlympic) to study under Del Close and perform the Harold, the classic longform improv structure with house teams “Genealogy” and “Space Mountain.” After relocating to Houston, TX, he started Massive Improv, the first longform improv ensemble and training center in that city, and directed ensembles that performed in the Del Close Improv Marathon (NYC), Dallas Comedy Festival, and the Out of Bounds Improv Festival (Austin, TX). MacArthur would later reunite with Titanic as an Alumni Coach, and started college ensembles at the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Antoine is Imagine MKE's Director of Neighborhood Partnerships. In this role, he oversees the shared agenda of increasing arts-related activities in the City of Milwaukee with a targeted focus in six neighborhoods - Amani, Metcalfe Park, Century City, Muskego Way, Clarke Square, and VIA through arts and culture experiences and connections.
Contact Antoine at acarter [at] imaginemke.org to: tell him about the wonderful work you are doing; learn more about the arts and culture activities already going on with our partner neighborhoods; get involved in the Neighborhood Partnerships Work Group; talk sports (BUCKS IN 6), music, tacos, cool places to travel, or whatever else comes to mind...
Before Imagine MKE: Antoine has been involved with community development since 2011, starting through his work with Groundwork Milwaukee. He started his work with the organization as a Crew Leader and was responsible for leading residents, youth crews, and volunteers to complete residential and city projects. In 2014, he became the Program Manager of Milwaukee Urban Gardens, Groundwork's premier program, and continued working to build the overall capacity of the community gardens at the city-wide scale from 45 gardens in 2012 to 120 gardens in 2017.
He was later the Community Engagement Director for The Zeidler Group where he was responsible for their police and community program, leading their Youth Facilitator training as well as their youth, community, and police listening sessions.
Antoine’s relationship with the arts started when he previously worked with Wallpapered City, an art agency that led large-scale mural efforts. Starting with the management of Black Cat Alley, Antoine has coordinated over 40 murals in the Southeastern Wisconsin area. Most notably “Unsung Hero” by Case McClain, The Shepard Fairey Mural in Downtown Milwaukee, and the Father/son piece by Detour in West Allis.
Antoine is an alumnus of The African American Leadership Program (AALP) and recently graduated from Alverno College with his Bachelors of Arts in Leadership.
Rachel Shields Ebersole
As our Operations Coordinator, Rachel supports the overall organization by strengthening our administrative systems and structures, coordinating our internal and external workflow, and helping to further weave our network.
Rachel loves to create community of all kinds, to facilitate productive and empowering group conversations, to support others as they achieve their dreams, to connect people who should know each other. She puts the power of good listening and insightful questions to work changing the everyday lives of the people around her.
Contact Rachel at rsebersole [at] imaginemke.org to: learn more about the ways you can get plugged in to Imagine MKE's work or to share info about creators and community events you think we should know about.
Before Imagine MKE: Rachel comes to us from (most recently) Portland, Oregon, where she ran Urban Office, a 150-member locally owned coworking space, taking care of everything from events and member relations to billing, marketing, and facilities management. Prior to that, she worked as a book editor in Vermont, ran the membership and farm store side of a small CSA on Colorado's Western Slope, and earned a music theory and composition degree from Furman University in South Carolina.
Sindie is our 2021-22 Public Ally. He acts as a support for all of our work groups and is learning the ropes of networking, community outreach, and elevating the arts and culture of Milwaukee.
You can contact Sindie at sho [at] imaginemke.org to: get more information about the work Imagine MKE is doing, get food and restaurant recommendations, or just to say hi!
Before Imagine MKE: Sindie grew up in Rockford, IL and completed his BFA in Fine Art from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He has almost a decade of restaurant experience under his belt and understands the ways we can build community and have personal fulfillment through caring for each other.
Lindsay is Imagine MKE's Deputy Director. In this role, she leads marketing, communications, public relations, and fundraising operations to enable the growth of the organization’s reach and resources; facilitates our Marketing and PR Work Group; helps us get our advocacy campaigns in front of arts champions across the city - and forces our staff to talk about their CliftonStrengths Top 5 Strengths with somewhat comical frequency.
Contact Lindsay at lsheridan [at] imaginemke.org to: get involved in the Marketing and PR Work Group, strategize about how to tell the story of Milwaukee being an incredible arts and culture city, nerd out over audience research data, tell your own story on our podcast/blog/email/social, plan a classical music jam session, meet up for a coffee.
Before Imagine MKE: Lindsay was the Director of Marketing and Strategic Engagement with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, she served the Cathedral Choral Society, the symphonic-chorus-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral in DC, for four and a half years. As the Director of Marketing and Communications for the organization, she revitalized the brand and steadily grew revenue. She was appointed Interim Executive Director for the 2018-19 season, during which she was responsible for fundraising, major artistic projects, board management, staff coaching, and ensuring the overall fiscal health of the $1.1 million organization.
In addition, Lindsay was the Co-Founder/Director of Water Street Music, a small nonprofit arts presenting organization in Decorah, IA. Over eight seasons, it served over 6,800 audience members, featuring 280 artists in 9 venues. She has interned with Americans for the Arts, Arts Wisconsin, Wolf Trap, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Madison Opera. In 2018, Lindsay completed the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy, a graduate certificate program from University of Pennsylvania/National Arts Strategies. She has a BA in Music (focus on viola performance) from Luther College in Decorah, IA.