New Beginnings

The Gateway to Milwaukee would like to give a warm welcome to our newest staff members: Stacy Amstadt who will be the Community Outreach Manager, and Leif Otteson who will be the new Executive Director.

Stacy graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in Professional Strategic Communications in May 2013. She has held a number of internships, working for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Greater Twin Cities United Way and Westown Association.

Stacy is a native Milwaukeean, and is looking forward to building a stronger sense of community among all of the Gateway members. She encourages everyone to share their stories, whether it is a special event, milestone, promotion, etc. Please feel free to contact Stacy with the details, and she will forward the information along via social media and email. She is eager to begin developing relationships and making positive changes in the Gateway area through our security, beautification, hospitality and economic development initiatives.

Leif comes to the Gateway from the Riverworks Development Corporation, and his work with the Harambee Great Neighborhood Initiative (one of LISC Milwaukee’s Sustainable Communities). Over the years, he has worked in affordable housing development, community economic development, and neighborhood planning.   In addition to his professional experience, Leif holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, as well as a Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from Clemson University.

For nearly fifteen years, Leif has lived and worked in the Milwaukee community in a variety of capacities, and has a passion for supporting the comprehensive success of the region, its businesses, and its residents.  In his new position as Executive Director of the Gateway to Milwaukee, Leif looks forward to working closely with area businesses, public officials, residents, and other stakeholders, to continue the Gateway’s collaborative effort towards a prosperous, connected airport business district.