Building Up Milwaukee: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Path Forward with Department of City Development Commissioner Lafayette Crump

Time and Place

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location – School of Architecture and Urban Planning Commons, First Floor – UWM Campus – 2131 E Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Please register for event here:
Registration deadline is November 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Department of Urban Planning
Fall Lecture Summary:

Milwaukee City Development Commissioner Lafayette Crump will discuss ongoing and future efforts to grow Milwaukee’s population, enhance economic activity, and create new opportunities for residents, families, and businesses. Commissioner Crump will provide an overview on economic development projects, small business support programs, urban planning efforts, and more. This will be followed by a conversation about the future of the city and how municipal government will play a critical role in advancing Mayor Johnson’s vision of growing Milwaukee’s population to one million people.


Commissioner Lafayette Crump: Born and raised in Milwaukee, Lafayette most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Diversity, Vendor and Engagement Officer for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention, where he ensured community involvement, the inclusion of local and diverse businesses, and corporate adherence to ethical, environmental, and employment and accessibility practices. Lafayette was also Chief Operating Officer of Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services, LLC, a multidisciplinary management consulting firm based in Milwaukee, WI, with an office in St. Louis, MO, and experience across the United States. Under Lafayette’s leadership, challenging supplier and workforce diversity targets were consistently surpassed, including on Milwaukee projects such as Fiserv Forum, the Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons, the Milwaukee Streetcar, Century City, The Brewery, The Moderne and more. In addition to his work for Prism, Lafayette practiced law for a number of years, working to ensure equity for small businesses and nonprofits, and is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, where his focus is ensuring that law students understand the needs, expectations and reality of business owners. Lafayette is the past Chair of the Board for Safe & Sound, and also serves on the boards of the Salvation Army, the Visit Milwaukee Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Wauwatosa Equity and Inclusion Commission. Lafayette is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law, where, collectively, he served on the Journal of Gender Law & Policy, the Harassment Grievance Board, the Moot Court Board, and was president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In addition to his current Board affiliation, Lafayette has served on the Boards of the Black Child Development Institute, University School of Milwaukee Alumni Board, Greater Milwaukee Nonprofit Institute, and the State Bar Media Relations Committee.


Bus – multiple MCTS routes run through or adjacent to the UWM campus including the Green, Red, Gold, 30, 21, 6, and more. Check the MCTS Bus Trip Planner ( to plan your full trip.
Parking: racks are accessible on the west side (near the courtyard) and the south side of the Architecture and Urban Planning Building
Bublr: Milwaukee’s non-profit bike share is just $.25 per minute and accessible. You can see the full interactive map of available bikes here – Map (
Car Parking: Visitor parking is available, but limited in the western lot (59007). Street parking is available on Cramer, Hampshire, and Newport.
Additional information on campus parking here – Visitors & Overnight Parking | UWM Transportation Services

AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to planners, students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University. Please contact Jennifer Tasse , Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at