Who We Are

MKE Black is governed by a Board of Directors that includes the following individuals:

Rick Banks

Board Chair

Rick Banks is a Milwaukee native who’s worked as an activist and an organizer in Milwaukee since 2010. He works professionally as the Director of African American-American Affairs for Milwaukee County. He defines his personal mission as the political and economic development of Black people in Milwaukee.

Ayrton Bryan


Ayrton is a recent transplant to Milwaukee, but has already grown to love and value the many faces of the city. A practitioner of Servant Leadership and Mindfulness, he is eager to serve the Black Community and to bring others together to see, celebrate, and support Black Excellence. (One of) His favorite quotes: “A rising tide lifts all boats”. That mantra guides his passion for collaboration and community building.

Paul Wellington


Paul Wellington holds a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, though he works as a public library supervisor. He is the author of Black Built: History and Architecture in the Black Community, a publication discussing the work of Black architects in the United States. Paul also is to co-founder of Bronze Box, a gift box business featuring products from Black owned businesses.