Forward Community Investments: Welcomes New Regional Director for Southeast Wisconsin

Sarah Greenberg will be based in Milwaukee and will expand partnerships in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha

Milwaukee, WI – Forward Community Investments (FCI) is pleased to announce the addition of a new regional director for Southeast Wisconsin. Sarah Greenberg joined the organization in March as the first full-time staff person outside Madison. Sarah will be based in FCI’s new Milwaukee office, located in the MANDI-award winning Historic Wally Schmidt Tavern building in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. She will focus on expanding FCI’s impact in Southeast Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to Team FCi. Given her longtime commitment to community development, from Washington, D.C. to Milwaukee, we are confident that she will put her talents to work, furthering FCI’s mission of reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities and building strong partnerships with mission-driven organizations in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha” said Salli Martyniak, FCI’s president.

After working in the private sector in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Sarah worked in community revitalization for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and then joined NeighborWorks America where she led the Stable Communities Initiative before she became the first Senior Vice President for Resource Development. Sarah relocated to Milwaukee in early 2014 and has served as Director of Lending for the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, Director of the Community Development Alliance, and President of Greenberg Strategies.

Sarah’s educational credentials include a Master’s of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and fellowships at Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee and is active in the community, serving as the treasurer for Historic Milwaukee, Inc. and on the board of MetroGO!

Each year, FCI invests about a third of its financial capital and human resources into projects in Southeast Wisconsin. This includes almost $40 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments since 2014, representing 48% of FCI’s total NMTC allocation. FCI also provides capacity building services and small grants to mission-driven organizations across Wisconsin to enhance their ability to achieve short-term success and long-term sustainability. “I’m honored to represent FCI in Southeast Wisconsin, and pleased to be joining a distinguished team that is committed to social justice throughout the state,” said Sarah.

FCI’s Milwaukee office is located at 1850 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. You can reach Sarah Greenberg at [email protected] or visit FCI on the web at to learn more about the organization and explore partnership opportunities.

About Forward Community Investments

Forward Community Investments (FCI) is an investor, connector and advisor for mission-driven organizations and initiatives that reduce racial inequities and socioeconomic disparities throughout Wisconsin. In its capacity as a statewide community development financial institution (CDFI), FCI infuses capital into economically underserved communities and neighborhoods. To date, FCI has invested more than $100 million into Wisconsin-based affordable housing projects and community facilities across the state. These efforts have resulted in the creation of tens of thousands of jobs for Wisconsin residents.