Scott Greer Awards

Award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs

Michael Martin

Dr. Michael Martin received his Master’s degree in Urban Studies in 1995 and his doctoral degree in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For the last 25 years, Michael Martin has dedicated himself to the betterment of low-income persons in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. He has worked for Milwaukee County, the Social Development Commission and the City of Milwaukee. In his current position as a Senior Community Planning and Development Representative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Martin oversees $75 million dollars of Community Planning and Development funds that includes the City of Milwaukee. Since receiving his PhD in 2003, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and a Lecturer at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UWM. In 2007, his dissertation on Latino Residential Segregation was published by Routledge Press. His most recent academic focus has been on the social, economic and physical development of Latin American cities and U.S. barrios. He recently led a study abroad class to Havana, Cuba, for UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs


Mr. Aaron Wolfe-Bertling received his Master’s degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to progressive civic values reflected in an accomplished career revitalizing central cities. Over his career he has built and renovated more than six hundred units of mixed income housing, generating over $100 million dollars of public-private investment, creating shelter and jobs for thousands of poor and working class residents, and revitalizing neighborhoods. His accomplished career has taken him from Milwaukee and Beloit, Wisconsin, to Ogden Utah, to his current position in Covington, Kentucky, where he directs the Community Housing Resource Group, a consortium of Covington’s Housing Department and Housing Authority. Wolfe-Bertling began his professional career in Milwaukee as a community organizer with the East Side Housing Action Committee or ESHAC. During his tenure, ESHAC became Milwaukee’s largest and most sophisticated Community Development Corporation, launching innovative projects like a nonprofit realty firm, neighborhood newspaper, a small business association, and the Locust Street Festival. His more recent accomplishments include overseeing the building and renovation of more than 400 homes and streamlining the management of nearly 2,000 publicly assisted housing units in Covington, Kentucky.

Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Studies

Ron Smith

Ronald Smith received this year’s Scott Greer award for Outstanding Research in Urban Studies. Ron is a doctoral student in Urban Studies. He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in professional communication from Marquette University. Four years later, he earned a Master’s in Leadership Studies at Marquette. In his full-time professional life, Ron serves as an assistant managing editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he works regularly as the Page One editor. He also leads the copy desk that enforces editing standards for the Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization. A lifelong journalist, Ron has also worked at the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and The Oregonian in Portland.

Jenny Cadenas

USP Dissertation Research Grant Award

Jenny Cadenas received the USP Dissertation Research Grant award for her research on urban agriculture in Milwaukee.