In June 2013 we announced that The Water Council had hired a new intern, Isaiah Perez, to help with marketing work in anticipation of the opening of the Global Water Center, Milwaukee Water Week, and our rapidly expanding scope of work.
We are proud to announce Isaiah as the newest full-time addition to our growing team as the Communications & Development Associate. Welcome aboard, Isaiah!
What excites you most about being part of The Water Council full-time?
When I started at The Water Council last June, it was right before the grand opening of the Global Water Center (GWC), so there was a lot of planning and coordinating going on right as I started, which made coming to work very exciting and interesting. Now that we’ve settled in at the new building, one might think that the excitement has dissipated, far from it!
Activity around The Water Council offices, the Global Water Center, and Historic Walker’s Point is at a fever pitch. It’s really great to see all of the development happening all around us. We have seen Reed Street Yards begin a transformation from an empty field to a shovel-ready development site. And we continue to see new businesses opening in our neighborhood–we have an ice-cream shop, chocolatier, and self-serve wine bar, all that have opened around the block from the GWC since we moved in.
Things change daily for us. It keeps you on your toes, but it also makes it very easy to come into work everyday because you never know what might develop. I am excited for this summer. With Rexnord moving into the Global Water Center, it’s going to create even more activity in the building. The energy is just going to keep growing. By then, I believe Freshwater Way, between 2nd and 3rd streets will be resurfaced with new streetscaping!
Describe your work with the Walker’s Point Association.
I wanted to help continue the engagement of the GWC and Water Council with our new neighbors and community. While looking for ways to get involved in the area, I recalled a story I read about the Walker’s Point Association a while back and found out that The Water Council was in fact already members. I began attending the monthly meetings as a way to meet some of the residents and business owners.
Through my attendance at those meetings, I was asked to join the Community Relations Committee of the Association, which I have been attending in addition to the regular community meetings. I think it was important for The Water Council to have a presence at the meetings to demonstrate our commitment to the community and city that has been integral in our growth and success, especially since the Walker’s Point neighborhood will be the overall hub of Milwaukee’s Water Cluster when School of Freshwater Sciences opens on the inner harbor and Reed Street Yards is developed.
What would you like members to know about you?
In the original post introducing me last year, I believe I said something about changing the image and perception of Milwaukee. That still holds true, the work that The Water Council and our membership is accomplishing is truly going to mold how people view this city in the 21st century. The reputation of the city in the water industry is continually evolving and rising. I want to end with a slogan from a marketing campaign from a few decades ago, that I heard once and it has stuck with me, “Milwaukee, a Great City on a Great Lake,” it truly is, and I’m very excited to be a part of it.
Isaiah graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. Prior to his marketing communications internship with The Water Council, Isaiah interned with Zizzo Group: Marketing+PR+New Media and the Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services as a Special Project Intern. Isaiah will be focusing on Water Council written communications, grant writing and assisting with Water Council events including the annual Water Summit.