Community Development

What UW- Madison Extension Community Development Does

The Community Development program provides educational programming to assist leaders, communities, and organizations realize their fullest potential. We work with communities to build the vitality that enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of their residents. We educate in leadership development, organizational development, food systems, community economic development, local government education, and much more. In short, the Community Development Institute plants and cultivates the seeds for thriving communities and organizations.

Organizational Leadership DevelopmentHelping people who want to provide leadership to bring about change in their organizations and community.

Organizational Leadership DevelopmentCollaborating with and providing resources for community leaders to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for Wisconsin residents

 Who We Are

Milwaukee County CNRED Educators:

IMG_0904Angie Allen, PhD 
Community Development Educator/Faculty

Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
6737 W Washington St. STE 2202
West Allis, WI 53212
Office (direct): (414) 615-0539
Cell: (313) 318-8245

Assistant Professor Dr. Angie Allen is both a local and national community program coordinator and community educator in city and neighborhood revitalization and the digital media arts. Angie emphasizes a strengths-based approach in her programming, towards sustained community development centered on resident engagement, as well as resident and organization leader capacity building in community-institutional partnerships.

  • Angie’s career research, educational programming experience, and primary professional interests are in community engagement and community capacity building in neighborhood and community revitalization planning.
  • Angie is a highly sought after meeting and group facilitator, and completed two strategic planning efforts (the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, and the City of West Allis), and has partnered with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, and several local Milwaukee and statewide Wisconsin community-serving organizations.
  • Angie has a Ph.D. in college and university educational administration from Michigan State University, a Master of Social Work in children, youth, and family/community organization administration from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University.


A photo of Community Development Educator Patrick NehringPatrick Nehring 
Community Development Educator/Professor

Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
6737 W Washington St. STE 2202
West Allis, WI 53212
Office (direct): (414) 615-0526

Patrick Nehring is a community development educator/professor in Milwaukee County. Patrick provides instruction, facilitation, and research to nonprofit organizations, local governments, businesses, and individuals on water issues, municipal comprehensive planning, local economic development, food systems, leadership development, and organizational operation. Patrick Nehring has been providing Extension education and research in Wisconsin counties in the areas of community, natural resource, and economic development since 2000.

  • Prior to Extension, he was employed as a Main Street program manager and worked in the city planning department.
  • Patrick has a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies, a Master of Urban Planning, and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • He maintains a community planning profession certification through the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has training in a number of meeting facilitation and instructional programs, including Real Colors

 What We Offer

Current Programs: 

African American Entrepreneurship Research Program:
  • Virtual programming that directly includes community members of color to address racial inequity experienced in entrepreneurship. Funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Equitable Opportunity Grant Program.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Angie Allen at or 414-615-0539


Certified Public Manager Program:
  • The Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is a nationally accredited management development program that prepares managers in federal, state, and local government and in tribal and nonprofit organizations for the challenges and unique demands of the public management profession.  The certified program will be offered by UW Madison Extension in the Milwaukee area beginning in 2022. 
  • For further information contact Jerry Braatz at or at 262 894-6589


Community Food Systems:
  • Supporting food-related businesses, entrepreneurs, and community efforts to develop the local food system. 
  • For more information, contact Patrick Nehring at or 414-615-0526.


Nonprofit Development Resources:
  • Educational programs and consultation for nonprofit organization leaders and board of directors to provide instruction in the formation of a nonprofit organization, bylaws, governance, and operation to accomplish their mission to improve the local community.
  • See this Nonprofit Leadership Development Opportunities list for Patrick’s current offerings in collaboration with Extension Brown County and UW Green Bay.
  • For more information, contact Patrick Nehring at or 414-615-0526.


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