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

Samuel Hall, Jr.

Chair

Crivello Carlson, SC

DJ Quam

Vice Chair; Chair, Grantmaking

GE Healthcare

Christopher Tsukichi

Treasurer

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Robin Mallon

Secretary

Harley-Davidson

Angela Harden, JD

Chair, Scholarships

Husch Blackwell

Samantha Mitchell

Chair, Convening

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Peter Burgelis

Member

US Bank

Mona Garcia

Member

Community Leader

Michelle Gran, JD

Member

Marquette University

Nick Johnson

Member

Foley & Lardner

Louis Williams

Member

Community Leader

Cream City Foundation Staff

Gary Balcerzak

President & CEO

Gary Balcerzak is the President & CEO of Cream City Foundation. He comes to CCF after almost twenty years with Advocate Aurora Health where he was the Vice President of Operations for Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He was responsible for ensuring that Milwaukee’s only downtown community hospital remained viable and met the needs of our diverse community. While at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, he worked to obtain designation from the Human Rights Campaign as the first Aurora hospital with a 100% rating in the Healthcare Equity Index.

Additionally, Gary is an adjunct professor at UW-Milwaukee in the Master of Healthcare Administration program where he teaches and mentors future healthcare leaders. His focus is on process improvement, helping hospitals and clinics improve the quality, safety, and cost of health care. He was recently honored by the UWM College of Health Sciences with their Community Partnership Award.

Gary holds an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling. He has a master’s certificate in Mediation and Negotiation, all from UW-Milwaukee.

Being born and raised in Milwaukee, Gary has been active in the community, most recently devoting nine years as a Board member and Treasurer of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center.  He has volunteered as a solicitor for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee. With his husband Tom, they are strong supporters of LGBTQ+ Community in Milwaukee.

Jay Messar

Development & Program Assistant

Jay Messar is the Development & Program Assistant at Cream City Foundation. He has spent most of his professional career in the world of sports writing and collegiate athletic communications, with stops at various schools across Wisconsin and New Hampshire. He managed several communicative aspects within those Athletics roles, including online drafting and publishing, website design and social media upkeep, and record-keeping and archiving.

Jay joins CCF with experience in the nonprofit sector as Executive Director of a statewide coaching association, and coaches two varsity high school sports. He is very active in the local sports scene and is a member of various leagues and associations around the city.

Jay earned his B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a second major in French. Currently, he is pursuing a Post-Bac/Masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he was a Cream City Foundation scholarship winner for the 2018-19 academic year.

Brett R. Blomme, JD

Past President & CEO

Brett Blomme is the Past-President & CEO of Cream City Foundation.

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.