City Year Milwaukee, an education-focused nonprofit that unites young people for a year of service in high-need schools, announces new board member, M. Beth Straka, Senior Vice President – corporate communications and investor relations for WEC Energy Group.

“I am excited to welcome Beth Straka to our team of powerful leaders and I am grateful for the commitment of Beth and We Energies to City Year Milwaukee” stated Meralis T. Hood, City Year Milwaukee’s Vice President and Executive Director. “We are humbled and honored to be the We Energies recipient of Ks for a Cause at Milwaukee Brewers’ home games. The visibility and funding from We Energies’ generosity through the leadership of Beth, is appreciated. The work we do at City Year is made possible by the support of leaders like her.”

M. Beth Straka became Senior Vice President – corporate communications and investor relations for WEC Energy Group in June 2015. In addition, she serves as Vice President of the We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service foundations.

"Education is a key focus area for our corporate and foundation giving," shared M. Beth Straka, Senior Vice President at WEC Energy Group. "I am pleased to dedicate my time to an organization that works collaboratively to build a strong foundation for education in areas of our community that need it the most. I share the belief that every child has the potential to succeed.”

City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps members serve full-time in 13 Milwaukee Public Schools reaching nearly 8,000 students each day. City Year AmeriCorps members partner with teachers and principals to provide academic and social-emotional support to students, helping them stay on track to graduate from high school prepared for college and career success.

City Year Milwaukee's impact is made possible by a public-private partnership between corporations, philanthropic individuals, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

To donate or learn more, please visit www.cityyear.org/milwaukee.

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