In this first town hall event in the “Where We Live” series, our panel of speakers discuss the current climate locally and around the country in the wake of the murder of another unarmed black man, George Floyd. Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith weigh in on what the City of Green Bay is doing to improve the lives of citizens of color in the community and how they are working toward positive change. Renita Robinson (YWCA GB), Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. (TPI), Mai J. Lo Lee (UWGB MESA), and Robin Tinnon (We All Rise) weigh in on how their organizations are actively working to create positive change and equity for all community members.
You can get involved today by learning more about the issues, speaking up when you see injustice or inequity, and joining one of the many organizations in the Green Bay area that promotes equity and inclusion for all its citizens including the YWCA and the organizations listed below.
Change starts with where you are, within your own community.
Renita Robinson-CEO YWCA Greater Green Bay
Renita is the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Greater Green Bay. Renita has served women, children and low-resourced individuals for over 30 years. Formerly licensed as a graduate social worker (LGSW), and 6-12th grade English and Social Studies teacher, Renita has been an advocate, educator and supporter for the homeless, victims of sexual and domestic violence and individuals marginalized through a variety of oppressions. She holds MEd and MS degrees, and has completed all course work for a doctorate in teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota Duluth. For over 20 years, Renita has developed curriculum, designed conferences and programs and conducted workshops and addressed a wide range of audiences as the owner of Teach ‘Em To Fish, LLC–a non-profit consulting business dedicated to curriculum development and training on a variety of social justice issues.
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.- Founder & Executive Director TPI
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in the world of academia, business, diversity and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity and cultural competency trainings and workshops for K-12 schools, community organizations, businesses, colleges and universities all across the world. Dr. Moore has presented at national and international conferences focusing on issues of diversity, youth, community, education, cultural competency, leadership, white privilege and other forms of oppression. Eddie is a dynamic, personal diversity consultant and public speaker. His presentations are interactive, fun, challenging, informative and practical and he is recognized as one of the nation’s top motivational speakers and national educators, especially for his work with students K-16.
Dr. Moore’s educational background includes: University of Iowa: PhD in Education: Social Foundations, Loras College: Masters of Arts in Education Administration, and Cornell College: Bachelors of Arts in Political Science.
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich
Eric Genrich was elected the 42nd Mayor of Green Bay in April 2019. Prior to becoming Mayor, Genrich was elected to the state Assembly in November 2012. Serving three terms, he represented the 90th Assembly District which comprises the majority of the City of Green Bay.
Eric Genrich was born and raised in Green Bay. He received his BA from UW-Madison and attained a graduate degree from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to his election to the state assembly, Eric worked in the state and federal governments, and later as an IT librarian for the Brown County Library. He has been actively supportive of several community organizations, including Neighborworks Green Bay, on whose board he served for six years.
Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith
Chief Andrew Smith was sworn in as the Chief of the Green Bay Police Department on February 1, 2016. He and his wife and two children live on the east side of the City of Green Bay.
Prior to coming to Green Bay he served for 27 years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Hired in 1988 by the LAPD he worked patrol and specialized unit assignments throughout the Department, including South Central Los Angeles. He held command level assignments in Media Relations and Community Affairs groups, Operations, and Criminal Gang Homicide Division. He was also assigned to a variety of command level (Captain) positions including Harbor Area, Central Division and Communications Division.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. He also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, VA, and the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mai J. Lo Lee – Director, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Mai J. Lo Lee is a Hmong American educator and for the past 14 years she has worked within diversity and inclusion training. Mai has partnered with social service agencies, corporations and educational institutions to better enhance diversity and inclusion knowledge and awareness. She received her master’s degree in education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Currently, Mai serves as the diversity director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, where she recently was awarded the 2018 University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement for her work in the Brown County Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, the 2016 Institution Staff Member of the Year, the 2009 University of Wisconsin System Woman of Color in Education award and was recently nominated for the 2017 Greater Green Bay Chamber Future 15 Young Professional of the Year award. She remains active in the community, serving on the board for the Untitledtown Book and Author Festival, Service League Back to School Store volunteer, past organizer of the Diversity Discovery Free Day at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum and has served as past chair of Celebrate Diversity – Fox Cities. Born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Holding Center in the Loei Province of northeastern Thailand.
Robin Tinnon – Executive Director, We All Rise
Robin Nicole Tinnon, born on August 6th, 1991, on the south-side of Chicago, Illinois is an activist, public intellectual, and writer who advocates for the oppressed. Currently an Executive Director for We All Rise: African American Resource Center, she strives to help black youth and their families be positive participants of healthy relationships and be intentional about their investments in black history and culture. As a community activist, Founder, Feminist & Mom Boss—she is impressed with our community members and their intentionality around healing together. Robin works endlessly to ensure that her teachings are derived from the historical foundation of true mentorship which includes creating safe places, belonging and togetherness as we all move forward in progress.
Currently, writing the book Let Me Be Here for YOU While YOU Stand Up For YOURSELF, she asserts that there are no current writings that gives a realistic view of her coined term ‘African Americanism.’ This book discusses race, culture, and spirituality as it all comes together to form the black experience. As a passionate community member, she intends for her work to touch the lives of many and bring homage to those living with the margins or race, class, and gender and managing every day to find ways to live their best lives.