YNPN Greater Milwaukee offers a number of events throughout the year to help you stay connected. Join our network to ensure you don't miss a beat!

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Journey House in Milwaukee, WI

    ​Coffee with the CEO


    You must be signed in to the website with current membership to RSVP, or you can Join Today!

    Ian Bautista, Executive Director - Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative

    8:00am: Continental breakfast, networking
    8:15am: CEO introductions & questions from YNPN host
    9:15am: Office tour & follow-up questions

    Ian Bautista is a seasoned nonprofit and community development executive. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Ian B. Bautista resides with his wife, Elsa, and his daughter Iana, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Since 2014, Bautista has served as the Executive Director of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative (CSNI,, a hyper-local collective impact initiative seeking to implement the neighborhood’s Quality of Life Plan developed in 2008 and introduced to the public in 2009. He also serves as the President & Chief Community Development Officer of his wife’s consulting practice, Comunidad, and as an adjunct instructor for Springfield College’s Milwaukee campus.

    From 2006 through 2014, Bautista served as the President of United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), the former national non-profit network of settlement houses, neighborhood centers, and community building organizations in the United States of America. At the end of 2013, UNCA merged with the Alliance for Children and Families and the merged entity is now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (

    Prior to UNCA, Bautista served as the President & CEO of El Centro, Inc. in Kansas City, Kansas ( Before leading El Centro, Bautista served as a Management Consultant for NeighborWorks® America (, the congressionally chartered nonprofit community development intermediary. Prior to NeighborWorks® America, Bautista worked for the State of Kansas at the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) and earlier still with Kansas State University.

    Bautista chairs the audit committee as part of his service on the board for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners ( Additionally, Ian serves on the executive committee of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (, an international consortium of academic and civic organizations promoting the practice and advancement of democracy. He also serves on the following boards, committees and advisory groups: the board of directors of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Society for the Propagation of the Faith/Office of World Ministries, the board of directors of Data You Can Use, the advisory board of the Marquette University Trinity Fellows Program, and co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s MKE United effort. He has previously served as a board director and volunteer leader with several other national and local organizations.

    Bautista holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows Program, a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Kansas State University. In 2001, Bautista became a certified Community Planner credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), by passing their comprehensive professional exam.

    In his spare time, Bautista has volunteered as a youth debate coach, a marriage preparation trainer and youth catechist for his parish, a parent peer advisor at a children’s hospital, a member of various nonprofit boards and committees, and as a volunteer for his International Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta ( He enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on issues of social justice, the arts (music and visual), following and playing team sports (especially Kansas State University and Kansas City teams), intercultural exploration, leadership development, and cooking.

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Freight 38 in Milwaukee, WI

    Ilona Nicole Scholarship Fundraiser

    Enjoy a summer's night with YNPN Milwaukee for a good cause! The night will include a raffle and food and drink with friends.  All proceeds from the event will go toward the Ilona Nicole Graduate Level Scholarship fund.

    Make a donation by contacting the scholarship committee at

    The event is free for YNPN members and non-members.


    Thank You to our Sponsors!

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM
    Sherman Phoenix in Milwaukee, WI

    40 under 40 Nonprofit Panel

    This exclusive panel features nonprofit leaders honored as 2019 Milwaukee Business Journal 40 under 40 recipients. Be sure to bring your business cards to this summer networking opportunity! Light lunch is included. Bring your own beverage.

    11:30am - Registration and Networking
    11:45am - Welcome & Panel Questions
    12:30pm - Audience Questions
    12:45pm - Thank You and Networking

    This page will be updated with information about the moderator and speakers.

    The event is free for YNPN members and $10 at the door for non-members.


    Thank You to our Sponsors!

  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 08:00 AM

    ​Coffee with the CEO


    You must be signed in to the website with current membership to RSVP, or you can Join Today!

    Julia Petersen, Senior Director of Programs - Zoological Society of Milwaukee

    This event will take place at the Conservation Education Center within the Milwaukee Zoo. *Attendees must RSVP for this event.*

    8:00am: Continental breakfast, networking
    8:15am: CEO introductions & questions from YNPN host
    9:15am: Office tour & follow-up questions

    As Senior Director of Programs for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), Julia is responsible for leadership of and oversight to the ZSM Conservation Education Department and Zoo Pride, the organization’s 500-member volunteer program, as well as support to the Conservation Department.

    Julia holds dual Bachelor's Degrees in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy.

    Moving from state to state due to her spouse’s Air Force career, she’s lived in Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, Washington, Alaska and Hungary. Throughout that time, she worked in elementary education, local government, non-profit, and federal government sectors before her most recent role as the head of the Organizational Planning Division within Milwaukee Public Schools. She specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, program and project management, economic development and urban policy.

    In her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with her three children and husband traveling far and wide, hiking to high vistas, reading good fiction, and exploring Milwaukee.