Roots & Progress

Chartered 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 to quality housing, built a vibrant community resource center, transformed vacant lots into gardens & orchards, strengthened neighborhood safety, 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.

Quality of Life Plan

From the beginning, we have understood that the way we work together matters. The Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Initiative has brought together residents, young people, business owners, non-profits, and a range of other stakeholders to create a vision of what Lindsay Heights can be. By working deliberately and systematically to “connect the dots,” we hope to revitalize our community for the benefit of all our neighbors.

Developed by over 200 residents and partners, the Lindsay Heights Quality of Life plan 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.

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.

Board of Directors

LaVonda Graham

Vice President
Annie Robinson

Monique Graham

Antonio Butts

Heidi Moore

Tyrone Rhone

Larry Adams

Sharon Adams

Walnut Way Staff


Acting Executive Director
Francesca Dawson

Marketing and Communications Manager
Erica Heisdorf Bisquerra


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

Community Mobilization Specialist
Trenell Henning

Project Coordinator
Terron Edwards

Men’s Wellness Navigator
Ameea Perkins

Health Coach
Angela Smith

Volunteer & Media Specialist, Public Ally Americorps
Kenneth Wade


Environmental Specialist
Jeremy Davis

Environmental Programs Assistant
Aton Fox

Research Project Engagement Specialist
Nathaniel Gilliam

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

Our Core Values

Resident led
Right relationships
Spirit of Abundance
Learning through Implementation