Innovative Cities Lecture – Quality of Life Planning

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

Presentation from two UWM SARUP alumni, Jezamil Vega-Skeels and Daniel Adams, about neighborhood quality of life planning with Layton Boulevard West Neighborhoods. This seminar will describe community engagement efforts, the creation of a shared neighborhood vision, and how LBWN has transitioned from planning to implementation over the past 3 years. Link to presentation.

An RSVP to is kindly requested, but not required.

About: Daniel Adams and Jezamil Vega-Skeels

Jezamil Vega-Skeels, Neighborhood Planner
Jezamil is the neighborhood planner for the neighborhoods of Layton Boulevard West and a proud neighbor of Silver City. She came to Milwaukee to pursue her goal of completing her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from where she graduated and was awarded for her academic and design achievements representing Hispanic women in the field by the American Institute of Architects South Wisconsin Chapter. After working with a private architecture firm in Milwaukee she began working with local communities looking to improve quality of life, neighborhood infrastructure, and the environment. She started developing her career towards the rehabilitation of neighborhoods in Milwaukee and worked with the Department of City Development and Community Design Solutions in the conception of catalytic projects for the enhancement of the physical appearance of communities in Milwaukee. With the desire of looking for ways to incorporate her professional and educational background in to making a difference in community development in the non-profit sector she participated in Public Allies Milwaukee AmeriCorps Program which lead her to LBWN. Today, as a neighborhood planner, Jezamil organizes and supports projects to improve neighborhood infrastructure, community safety, youth education and leadership and healthy living among other important topics for the wellbeing of her community.

Daniel Adams, Neighborhood Plan Coordinator
Daniel came to LBWN in the spring of 2010 after an internship position with the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association. He became familiar with the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative while working in Martin Drive and plans to expand on that experience at LBWN. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will be graduating with a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the summer of 2010. Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, Daniel learned community organizing and network building skills that will be useful in his position at LBWN. He also spent time as an aldermanic aide in Milwaukee’s 3rd district and would like to continue the good working relationships that exist between LBWN and various city departments and officials. Daniel is a native south sider who worked previously at the 16th Street Community Health Center. He is eager and excited to return to Milwaukee’s south side and plans to use his varied background and experiences to build on the great work that LBWN has already done.

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Pizza lunch and refreshments are provided.

Transit Information:
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee area is in a walkable, bike-able, urban neighborhood that is served by several transit lines, including the Milwaukee County Transit System, Badger Bus, and Wisconsin Coach Lines. Please consider utilizing public transit to get to UWM and avoid the hassle of parking.

Questions, comments?
Please contact Andrew Haug, Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at

APA members who are AICP certified and attend this Innovative Cities lecture will receive 1 AICP Certificate Maintenance (CM) credit. A pizza lunch and refreshments will be provided.