Startup Milwaukee's Leadership Team Grows

Milwaukee - Startup Milwaukee announced today that veteran fundraisers Charles P. Ries and Jason Parry have been appointed to the Development Committee of our Board of Directors.

"With decades of combined fundraising experience we are delighted to have Jason and Charles join the board" said Matt Cordio, Startup Milwaukee's Executive Chairman, "Jason and Charles will play a critical role as we raise the funding necessary to support our mission of building and networking Milwaukee's startup community."


Jason Parry – Jason is the vice president, development and communications at Penfield Children’s Center joining the agency’s executive team in November 2012. Prior to Penfield, Jason served as the director of development for the Diederich College of Communication and College of Professional Studies at Marquette University and as the cheap cialis prices major giving and planned giving specialist at WUWM - Milwaukee Public Radio. From concepting and visioning to executing and securing seed funding, he has been actively engaged in several innovative programmatic and capital initiatives during his time in the nonprofit industry.

Before entering the sector, Jason spent six seasons in the media relations department for the Milwaukee Brewers serving as the club's assistant director of media relations. He has his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in business management and sports marketing and his masters in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Connect with Jason on LinkedIn.

Charles P. Ries – Charles is Senior Director of Development Design and Innovation at Marquette University. He joined Marquette’s Advancement staff in 1998. Prior to joining Marquette he was Vice President for Development at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA and Senior Vice President of the Oram Group - a fund raising management and consulting firm founded in 1940. During his thirteen years with The Oram Group he worked with over 200 non-profit organizations solving a variety of fundraising and organizational challenges. He has worked with non-profit organizations for over 35 years.

Ries is also a published author. His poetry, short stories, articles, book reviews, and essays have appeared in over 200 print and electronic publications. The Charles P. Ries Collection is housed in the Raynor Achieves at Marquette University. He is on the board of John Michael Kohler Art Center and Chairs the Development Committee of Milwaukee LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation). He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a founding member of Lake Shore Surf Club in Sheboygan. Connect with Charles on LinkedIn.

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