Raynetta “Ray” Hill
Raynetta “Ray” Hill is a catalytic leader who has a passion for advancing economic growth. Ray’s career is marked by her collaborative leadership style and ability to advocate for economic and social impact.
Ray has held numerous leadership roles in both the private and nonprofit real estate sector. Prior to joining the BID, Ray led Wisconsin’s fundraising, property portfolio and wraparound services for CommonBond Communities. Including overseeing a 14.1 million redevelopment project of 90-units on Milwaukee’s north side and increased Wisconsin’s institutional philanthropic giving in 12 months. Ray also served as operations manager for a private real estate firm, National Management, overseeing a substantial residential portfolio of multifamily units throughout the state of WI.
Ray is not new to the BID nor Bronzeville district, she served as Associate Director for the Historic Business Improvement District No. 8 from 2016–2018 where she focused on revitalization efforts within the commercial corridor while building high level engagement with resident groups, businesses and stakeholders. Ray is a 2016 Associates in Commercial Real Estate Graduate, African American Leadership Program Cohort 10 alumni, Wisconsin Woman’s Policy Institute 2018-2019 fellow and is a graduate of Concordia University with Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Active in the community Ray serves on numerous boards and is involved in several committees related to local community service and economic impact. In her leisure she enjoys spending time with her family, partaking in anything food, art and music related.
In 2019 Ray was appointed by Governor Evers to serve on the Wisconsin Housing Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and elected Vice Chair by the board in 2021.
Ray is one of the 2021 Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 under 40 awardees and was also awarded the 2021 Young Pioneer by the African American Chamber of Commerce.
Business / Events Marketing Manager
Diana Wilkinson has worked as the Business and Outreach Coordinator for the Historic King Drive BID 8 since 2018 and recently promoted to Business/ Events Marketing Manager. In this role Diana assist in supporting the needs of the business, organization, stakeholders. Diana also provides guidance to like parties looking to relocate within the BID boundary. Within this role Diana acts as a liaison between these parties and needed entities to aid in grants, program implementation, leasing opportunities, and financing. Diana also supports the Executive Director in assessing real estate projects; including site plans, build outs, and financial projections.
Diana grew up in the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods, and still resides in Harambee today. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, and an Associates of Applied Science in Business Management Diana retains a broad range of experience in finance, campaign creation, and digital and social strategy for retail brands. This understanding has allotted Diana the opportunity for industry specific internships, freelance work, and allowed her to not only support but lead promotional marketing campaigns in print and digital for state and nationally recognized brands.
Through Internship opportunities Diana designed strategies and proposals to increase donor support and meet identified funding needs. Diana also provides ongoing support to area stakeholders and organizations that offer education on financial literacy and job placement for the purpose of community empowerment.
Historic King Drive BID #8
2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive - Suite 206
Milwaukee, WI 53212