Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Alumna Sanders joins Milwaukee Public Museum

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Katie Sanders (MIPA ’05) has joined the Milwaukee Public Museum as chief planning officer after nearly six years as executive director of Safe & Sound. In her new role, she will coordinate the planning of exhibits and visitor experiences, space planning, partnerships, lobbying, public relations, and building and construction planning.

Sanders joined Safe & Sound in May 2013 as development and marketing director; 11 months later, she was named executive director. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization helps unite residents, youth, law enforcement, and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

"The Safe & Sound team is a group of incredible individuals, but Safe & Sound is bigger than each of us," Sanders said in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. "It’s an idea. It’s the firm belief that the community itself — person by person, block by block — has the power to enact change and that we as an organization are there to help facilitate that.”

Under Sanders’ leadership, Safe & Sound received the 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for improving safety and building safe and empowered neighborhoods, and in 2018, Sanders received a Driven to Achieve Award, including a $40,000 donation to Safe & Sound, from the Donald Driver Foundation. She also received a 40 under 40 award from the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2015.