Milwaukee NWIAA

Chapter Leader

Elizabeth M. Coggs

Elizabeth served twenty five years as an elected official as a Milwaukee County Supervisor-10th district and a Wisconsin State Representative for the 10th district. Chairwoman of the Finance and Audit Committee, Health & Human Needs, Housing & Community Development Committees; Work Reform Task Force for Men of Color and the Combined Community Services Board. Elizabeth also worked twenty-six years with Girl Scouts of Southeastern Wisconsin bring Girl Scouts to girls in the central city. Elizabeth M. Coggs is the founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Back to School Festival, Chairwoman of Vision for Vliet and a member of the Milwaukee Urban League Guild, Black Women’s Network and the NAACP. As a member of the Milwaukee Urban League Guild; vice-chairman Greater Holy Temple Academy Board; member of the Abundant Life Ministry; former member of the Wisconsin State PTA and House of Peace. Elizabeth M. Coggs has been a award recipient of the following awards: Combined Community Service Board Ten Year Chairwoman’s Award 2010; King Team and Friends of the King Community Center Board A True Friend of the Community Award 2010; Milwaukee County Parks Special Recognition 2008; #1 Stunnas – Milwaukee Chapter – Certificate of Recognition 2007; Career Youth Development M.C. Image Award 2007; Here We Grow Again Outstanding Volunteer 2006; The Tenth Annual Black History Celebration Appreciation Award 2006; Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association Silver Star Award 2004; Andre Lee Ellis and Company The First Annual Heart of the Arts Award 2001; Genesis Behavioral Services, Inc. Recognition Award 2001. Elizabeth M. Coggs values her roots on gardening, health and wellness and upbringing and appreciates the community for upholding the accomplishments of her parents by the naming of the Isaac N. Coggs Community Health Connection in 1987 and the naming of the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center and the D.J. Young/Marcia P. Coggs Academy. She has three daughters, they all live in Milwaukee; Priscilla, Chloé and Devona and a grandmother to Solomon Kingston. Elizabeth M. Coggs has fought long and hard to serve; she has worked steadfast to be innovative, creative and dedicated to change the wrongs of society and to celebrate the rights of our community.

Elizabeth leads the Milwaukee chapter NWIAA in the following initiatives: The Love & Faith Program that works in a variety of urban agriculture initiatives with arborist and organic gardening apprenticeships and youth and family education and awareness to assist with health, wellness and food deserts and food insecurities.