Cream City Foundation


Mobilizing philanthropic resources by harnessing the pride, passion, and commitment of LGBTQ+
since 1982.

Supporting Nonprofit Organizations

Grantmaking

Developing Future Leaders

Scholarships

Moving Community Forward

Convening

Board of Directors

Patrinia Galgan

Chair

Baird

Stewart Morrisey

Vice Chair

SC Johnson

Christopher Tsukichi

Treasurer

Community Leader

Robin Mallon

Secretary

Harley-Davidson

Daniel Bergen, PhD

Member

Marquette University

Samuel Hall, J.D.

Member

Crivello Carlson, SC

Michelle Gran, JD

Member

Marquette University

Angela Harden, JD

Member

Husch Blackwell

Louis Williams

Member

Pritzlaff Events

Paul Thesing

Member

Thomson Reuters

DJ Quam

Member

GE Healthcare

Erika Baurecht, JD

Member

Foley & Lardner

Peter Burgelis

Member

BMO Harris Bank

Cream City Foundation Staff

Brett R. Blomme, JD

President & CEO

Brett Blomme is the President & CEO of Cream City Foundation. He has nearly 15 years of experience in philanthropy, community organizing, law and nonprofit management.  Before joining CCF, Brett served as the Director of Major Gifts for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW).

In addition to his work at ARCW, Brett practiced law as both a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor.  He has also worked on several local political and non-profit campaigns. Brett is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  He has a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Brett and his husband Chris have 2 young children and are active members of Miltown LGBT Families.

Jesse Walters

Executive Assistant

Jesse Walters is the executive assistant at Cream City Foundation. Born here in Milwaukee, he has served the local LGBTQ+ community as the current assistant commissioner of Milwaukee’s gay softball league (SSBL), Milwaukee’s delegate to the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, and has volunteered at many events benefiting CCF, SSBL, and the Milwaukee Gay Sports Network (MGSN). He is also the chair of NAGAAA’s Communications Committee. Before joining CCF, he worked in employee benefits and earned a B.S. in mathematics at University of South Carolina – Upstate. Jesse and his boyfriends Matt and Zach are active members of the Milwaukee LGBTQ+ community.

The History

Cream City Foundation

Cream City Foundation was founded in 1982 and is celebrating more than 36 years of giving to LGBTQ+ communities.

Cream City Foundation was originally spun-off from the Cream City Business Association, a Milwaukee based association of LGBTQ+ business owners formed to promote LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship and business support for LGBTQ+ communities. Initially begun with $500 in seed money, Cream City Foundation has grown to provide over $1.5 million in grant dollars to many organizations and projects that are working to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people.