Yesterday, Maurice Cheeks was selected as one of the thirteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.
Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Honorary Chairs of the NewDEAL, recognized City Councilor Cheeks’ work to expand economic opportunity in his community through a collaborative approach to increase neighborhood food security.
“NewDEAL Leaders in communities across the country have proven that winning policy solutions can be both pro-growth and progressive. We are proud to highlight leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to make government more efficient and effective,” said Senator Warner, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.
“We believe that in order to address the challenges of the 21st century, we need to look for fresh ideas at the state and local level where leaders like Maurice Cheeks are developing and testing innovative solutions to help move our country forward,” said Governor Markell, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.
Cheeks, who was also named one of the 28 most influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365, is the director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN), focusing on the high tech and high-growth sectors in Wisconsin. Cheeks is also the President Pro Tempore of the Madison Common Council.
“I am proud to be recognized by the NewDEAL for my work to expand economic opportunity for my constituents while prioritizing investment in food deserts,” said Alder Cheeks. “I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with my fellow NewDEAL Leaders and hearing about what’s working best in their communities that can help us grow progress here in Madison, Wisconsin.”
Cheeks joins Racine Mayor John Dickert, Senator Julie Lassa, and Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling as one of the 4 NewDEAL Leaders from Wisconsin.