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Marva Herndon

District #1 -- Marva Herndon

Marva Herndon, who was first elected in April 2019, is a graduate of West Division High School (MHSA), has enjoyed a 25-year career as a computer programmer, and changed careers after retiring from Harley Davidson in 2009.

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Erika Seimsen, District #2

District #2 -- Erika Siemsen

Erika Siemsen, who was first elected to the Board in April 2019, previously served the district as an elementary educator for over 30 years.

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Sequanna Taylor

District #3 -- Sequanna Taylor (Vice President)

Sequanna Taylor, who was first elected in April 2019, is a native of Milwaukee and a proud mother of four. As a graduate, an employee, and a parent of MPS students.

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District #4 -- Aisha Carr

Aisha Carr, who was first elected in April 2021, is a Milwaukee native, single-parent, lifelong educator, and youth organizer, currently serving as the Opportunity Youth Re-Engagement Director for the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.   

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Jilly Gokalgandhi

District #5 -- Jilly Gokalgandhi

Jilly Gokalgandhi was first elected in April 2021. She attended public schools and then graduated from Marquette University where she studied International Relations, Spanish, and Economics.

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Marcela (Xela) Garcia

District #6 -- Marcela (Xela) Garcia

Marcela “Xela” Garcia was first elected in April 2021, and is a proud alumna of Milwaukee Public Schools and the bilingual education program. She brings broad experience in arts and culture administration, education, philanthropy, and organizational sustainability.

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Henry Leonard

District #7 -- Henry Leonard

Henry Leonard, who was elected April 2021, has been a lifelong resident of the City of Milwaukee for all 63 years of his life.

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Megan O'Halloran, District #8

District #8 -- Megan O'Halloran

Megan O’Halloran, who was first elected to the Board in April 2019, is a lifelong resident of the Milwaukee area and has called Milwaukee’s south side home for over 15 years.

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Bob Peterson

Member at Large -- Bob Peterson (President)

Bob Peterson, who was first elected to the Board in 2019, started working in Milwaukee Public Schools as a paraprofessional in 1977.

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Office of Board Governance

Contacts

Phone: 414-475-8284
Fax: 414-475-8071
Email: governance@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Board Clerk / Chief Officer, Office of Board Governance
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D.

Assistant Board Clerk
Jill Kawala

Performance Audit Manager
Paul Geib

Legislative Policy Manager
Christopher Thiel

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