Cream City Foundation

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

Supporting Nonprofit Organizations


Developing Future Leaders


Moving Community Forward


Board of Directors

Samuel Hall, Jr.


Crivello Carlson, SC

DJ Quam

Vice Chair; Chair, Grantmaking

GE Healthcare

Christopher Tsukichi


Community Leader

Robin Mallon



Angela Harden, JD

Chair, Scholarships

Husch Blackwell

Samantha Mitchell

Chair, Convening

United Way of Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties

Peter Burgelis


US Bank

Mona Garcia


Community Leader

Michelle Gran, JD


Marquette University

Nick Johnson


Foley & Lardner

Louis Williams


Pritzlaff Events

Gary Balcerzak


Aurora Sinai Medical Center

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.

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.

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.