Marcus White, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Greater Milwaukee
Marcus White is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. The Interfaith Conference, founded in 1970, is the vehicle through which twelve religious judicatories collaborate in addressing social concerns and promote understanding among faith traditions. Marcus joined the staff of the Conference in 1992 as a Program Coordinator and served for several years as Associate Director before being appointed Executive Director in 2001.
Over the last few years Marcus's work has included public policy analysis and advocacy; staffing the Greater Milwaukee CROP Walk; coordinating faith community involvement in a homeless shelter run with the Red Cross and other partners; development of a new shelter, the Cathedral Center; and development of new programs addressing social concerns.
In 2001 Marcus spent five weeks in South Africa interviewing church leaders about the changing role of the church in post-apartheid South Africa and about racial reconciliation efforts that could serve as models for efforts here in Milwaukee. In 2004 he returned to South Africa as an invited guest at an international democracy conference. In March 2005 Marcus was in South Africa again for a few weeks of sabbatical during which he researched an article, established contacts for a youth exchange program, and ran his first "ultra" marathon.
Marcus is a graduate of Wabash College in Indiana where he studied Political Science and Religion. He holds a Master's degree in Urban Studies from UW-Milwaukee and has conducted research at the University of Cape Town. He has twice worked in South Africa, during the apartheid period in the 1980s and in 1990, where his work included a full-time internship in the office of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He also lived for several weeks in a black township that was occupied by the South African military. He and his co-workers were often harassed by the apartheid military, even at gunpoint.
Marcus sits on several boards of directors including the Institute for Democracy in South Africa and the Social Development Commission. In 2003 Marcus chaired a Department of Workforce Development task force appointed by Governor Jim Doyle. He is currently co-chair of the Milwaukee police chief's Police-Community Relations Commission.