November Featured Member

Meet Michael Egly of the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County!
YNPN Milwaukee's November Featured Member


What is your experience in the nonprofit sector?

When I was twelve, the volunteer coordinator of the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County (FPWC) came to visit my 6th grade class and after learning about it I asked when I could start volunteering and she told me the minimum age was thirteen. A year later I called her and a began volunteering at the FPWC and continued through my teens. In 2013 I returned to start volunteering again and had the opportunity to apply for a staff position. I’ve now been the Community Outreach Coordinator for the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County for 2 ½ years.

The FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County serves approximately 5,000 people each month, providing free food to County residents in financial need of assistance. The FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County partners with other local agencies to provide onsite client services including health assessments, energy assistance, and nutrition education, through my position I facilitate bringing in those resources. Another aspect of outreach involves working with collaborative groups like the Waukesha Hispanic Collaborative Network and the Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County.

Currently, I am serving on the Board of Directors for the Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County. Last year I participated in a yearlong advocacy fellowship to address poverty policies and legislation through a grassroots organization called RESULTS. I traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with members of Congress to discuss the importance of programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and EITC (Earned Income Tax Credits).

What is your favorite nonprofit event or program?

As a movie buff, the Milwaukee Film Festival is definitely the event that I look forward to, it’s a great opportunity to see engaging films and learn something new.

Who would you consider as a professional mentor or role model? 

I feel incredibly fortunate to work for someone who is thoughtful in her communication and action, displays great empathy, is a supportive leader, and a positive influence in the community. I see Karen Tredwell, the Executive Director of the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County as a role model and strive to emulate and learn from her. Two other people who I see as great examples of leadership include Mary Madden, NAMI of Waukesha County, and Kathy Gale, Interfaith Senior Programs of Waukesha County, both of whom I work with on the Board of Directors of the Housing Action Coalition – I learn a lot from both of them in how they lead the organization.

How has networking proven beneficial for you?

Networking is a wonderful opportunity to learn about what is happening in the community and to hear how other people are tackling different issues. Networking creates connections and possibilities to collaborate in new ways. 

Why did you join YNPN Milwaukee?

I just recently joined, finding YNPN online and hope to get more involved in the future. 

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn!