Roots & Progress

Founded by residents in 2000, Walnut Way engages neighbors in making our community a place of destination. Since our purposeful beginnings, we have restored dilapidated homes, built a vibrant community center, transformed vacant lots into gardens & orchards, developed new venues for economic development, and pathways to meaningful employment, created innovative wellness programs, and engaged residents of all ages in neighborhood revitalization activities.

Our Neighborhood

Walnut Way works in the heart of the 110-block Lindsay Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near-Northside from Walnut to Locust Street and I-43 to 20th Street. Home to over 2,700 families, Lindsay Heights is a vibrant African American community building on its assets to face complex challenges. We are deeply committed to sustaining economically diverse and abundant communities through civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and creating venues for prosperity.

Quality of Life Plan

From the beginning, we have understood that the way we work together matters. Together with residents, young people, business owners, non-profits, and a range of other stakeholders we created a vision of what Lindsay Heights can be. Over 200 residents and partners developed the Lindsay Heights Quality of Life plan that sets our vision and guides our work in health and wellness, economic prosperity, and environmental stewardship.

Our Story

Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit neighborhood organization founded in 2000 by Lindsay Heights residents to reclaim and redevelop the economic health and vitality of their community.

In the years since, Walnut Way and its partners have rolled out a series of successful and innovative programs and initiatives addressing the neighborhood’s most pressing economic, environmental, and health issues.

Our History
Co-founders Sharon and Larry Adams founded Walnut Way along with their neighbors rooted in the belief that their community is abundant and powerful. The Adams retired from Walnut Way in 2015.

Our Executive Director

With an entrepreneurial zeal, Antonio Butts has been committed to community development in Greater Milwaukee. Antonio has demonstrated his ability to successfully launch and drive new and established businesses in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is a self-motivated project manager who works well in entrepreneurial efforts and has demonstrated the ability to engage people at different levels of leadership, sectors and generations.

At the core of Antonio’s experience, is leading multiple collaborative community partnerships to engage diverse groups across sectors and drive visible projects, programs and initiatives. His career has been shaped through meaningful work that aligns business stakeholders, residents and the general public to initiate and sustain positive economic and neighborhood impact. He has developed and implemented a number of successful programs created for youth, adults and business owners ranging from “rites of passage” to social entrepreneurship, some of which are still in existence within organizations today.

Antonio has further expanded his commitment to public service and civic responsibility as an advisor and consultant to the African American Leadership Alliance and Board member of Walnut Way Conservation Corporation. Antonio’s personal passions include technology, carpentry, event promotions and writing.

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Board of Directors

President
LaVonda Graham

Vice President
Annie Robinson

Secretary
Monique Graham

Member
Heidi Moore

Member
Tyrone Rhone

Member
Larry Adams

Member
Sharon Adams

Walnut Way Staff

ENVIRONMENTAL TEAM

Environmental Specialist
Jeremy Davis

Environmental Programs Assistant
Aton Fox

Research Project Engagement Specialist
Ameea Perkins

Blue Skies Staff
Josh Hayes

Blue Skies Staff
Jeff Henderson

Blue Skies Staff
Jacob Liptack

Blue Skies Staff
Reginald Moses

Blue Skies Staff
Tony Velez

Blue Skies Staff
Curtis Williams

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM

Program Manager of Catalytic Development
Tyler Weber, M.P.H.

Community Mobilization Specialist
Trenell Henning

Project Coordinator
Terron Edwards

Health Coach
Angela Smith

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Executive Director
Antonio Butts

Marketing and Communications Manager
Erica Heisdorf Bisquerra

Our Core Values

Resident led
Right relationships
Spirit of Abundance
Learning through Implementation