Once an educator himself — a mathematics teacher and football coach — Fred continues to advocate for initiatives that improve urban education and close the achievement gap, and he remains involved with a number of organizations that are making powerful strides toward providing every child with the opportunity for academic success and financial self-reliance.
Schools That Can Milwaukee (STCM) was founded in 2010 with the involvement of three high-performing Milwaukee schools – Milwaukee College Prep, St. Marcus Lutheran School, and Bruce-Guadalupe Community School. All three are recognized as outstanding Milwaukee schools and have been validated by the national chapter of Schools That Can as Member schools. STC is a national membership organization of high-performing, predominantly low-income schools, collaborating and sharing best practices, attracting talented school leaders, and recruiting proven charter operators to grow quality seats of education across Metropolitan Milwaukee. Fred is the vice chair and treasurer of this nonprofit.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School prepares youth in a diverse world for productive, Christ-centered lives. Wisconsin Lutheran High School supports the mission and beliefs of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod). It is also a PAVE school. PAVE aims to give low-income families in Milwaukee more excellent options when selecting schools for their children. Fred is vice chair of the board and served as co-chair of the Strategic Committee, which set the school’s five-year plan.
The Greater Milwaukee Committee is a private-sector civic organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic base of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The organization was formed in the late 1940s and is composed of leaders in business, the professions, labor, education, and philanthropy — all contributing to nonprofit community development. Fred participates on the Education subcommittee.