Deshea Agee, M.S., HREDFP

Deshea Agee, M.S., HREDFP

Interim Director

Deshea Agee was appointed Executive Director of Historic King Drive Business Improvement District No. 8 (King Drive BID) in February 2016. At King Drive BID Agee oversees implementation of the organization’s annual operating plan, including management of financial matters, business and property owner relations, business recruitment and community outreach. Agee began his career in public service as an Economic Development Specialist at the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development. He served nine years in the department, first as a project manager of the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District, and then leading commercial corridor revitalization efforts. Agee assisted in creating and implementing Milwaukee’s commercial property renovation grant programs, was a liaison to over a dozen business improvement districts and managed several tax increment districts. He also worked with Common Council members on initiatives in their Aldermanic districts, as well as Citywide initiatives such as the MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit. Prior to his career in public service Agee served as the development assistant at Pabst Farms, a 1,500-acre mastered planned community. 

A native of Milwaukee, Agee received his bachelor of science degree from Marquette University’s College of Business Administration in 1999. For over 10 years Agee has been licensed to practice real estate brokerage in the state of Wisconsin. He received the economic development finance professional (EDFP) certification through the National Development Council in 2016. Agee also earned a real estate certificate from Marquette University, as a member of the first graduating class of the ACRE (Associates in Commercial Real Estate) program in 2005. In December 2018 Agee received a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Agee serves on several boards including Employ Milwaukee Safe and Sound.

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Diana Wilkinson

Diana Wilkinson

Business and Outreach Coordinator

Diana Wilkinson has worked as the Business and Outreach Coordinator for the Historic King Drive BID 8 since 2018. 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.

Contact Us

Historic King Drive BID #8

2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive - Suite 206
Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 265-5809