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Urban League Board Leadership
Madison, WI – The Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Madison announced today that the Chair of its Board of Directors, C. Wade Harrison, has stepped down from the Board. Board of Directors Vice Chair, Nia Trammell, was approved unanimously by the Board of Directors to assume the remainder of Harrison’s term effective immediately.
Harrison experienced sudden health issues, which are completely treatable, but that require he focus more time on his health. Harrison was elected Chair of the Board in 2013. Last year, he worked extensively with former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray to effectively manage the organization through a period of CEO transition.
“We have commenced a thorough process to identify our next CEO. Noble Wray and Edward Lee have done outstanding work leading day-to-day operations, and I am quite confident that Nia will do an exceptional job leading our distinguished group of volunteer board members.”
Trammell joined the Urban League Board as a representative of the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals Chapter (ULGMYP). She helped found and grow the ULGMYP Chapter, and currently serves as its President. Under her leadership, the chapter launched the Emerge Gala and Awards Ceremony. She has facilitated the chapter’s involvement in numerous volunteer projects in support of the ULGM, such as the MLK Youth Day of Service, various tutoring and mentoring projects, and much more.
Trammell is an Administrative Law Judge with the State of Wisconsin who also spent nearly a decade in private practice with Michael Best & Friedrich. She is a graduate of Madison West High School and she holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the UW – Madison. In addition to her professional career, Trammell has an extensive record of civic involvement, including serving as a Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocate, past member of the city of Madison Equal Opportunities Commission and volunteering with Girls on the Run of Dane County, a program that teaches self-esteem and healthy life choices to elementary school girls. She has been recognized with awards such as Unsung SHEro by Madison Black Women Rock, In Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40, and many others. Trammell is married and has three children ages 13, 10 and 2.
The Urban League Board of Directors wants to assure program participants, friends, supporters and donors across the community that League operations and services will continue to be delivered with the same care and excellence that the community has grown to expect. The Board wishes Harrison well, and thanks him deeply for his service to the Greater Madison Community.