"As a child, I dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest, because I wanted to make the world a more just and a more loving place. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church doesn't allow married clergy and I realized that I didn't want to live a life alone." - Leo J. Ries
Leo Ries has been an active participant in the development of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods for over 40 years. He is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. He previously served for 15 years as Executive Director the Milwaukee office of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC). Prior to his position with LISC, Leo worked for the City of Milwaukee for over ten years as Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development in the Department of City Development and as Director of the Community Block Grant Administration.
Leo currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) and is the vice-chair of the Bank’s Affordable Housing Committee.
Leo Ries serves in a voluntary capacity with the following organizations: