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.
After graduating from Marquette University, Renée began her career in Human Resources. Since then, Renée has held several supportive and key outreach roles in both private and non-profit sectors. Renée has become a primary resource in the Greater Milwaukee-area, assisting business owners in the navigation of the economic development ecosystem.
Prior to joining the BID, Renée was the Outreach Specialist for the greater Milwaukee-area and Kiva Capital Access Manager (CAM) for West Allis at Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation.
As the Associate Director of the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District #8, Renée assists with the implementation of the BID’s operating plan, which includes programs, initiatives, policies and procedures that build a vibrant business improvement district and commercial corridor. She directly supports the Executive Director in achieving the BID’s annual goals and objectives while engaging with resident groups, businesses and stakeholders.
As a mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunt, Renée enjoys spending time with her family, especially her teen and young-adult sons, Isaac, Eli and Nathan, and supporting them in their endeavors.
In 2018, Renée was appointed by former South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks to join the South Milwaukee Planning Commission, in which she continues to serve.
Historic King Drive BID #8
Milwaukee, WI 53212