Leana Nakielski is a strategic partnerships director with American Family Insurance. She and her team lead on the development and management of external diversity and inclusion partnerships with community, academic and business organizations that support deep, diverse talent pipelines for American Family Insurance. These partnerships strengthen the company’s inclusive culture and contribute to building a local, competitive workforce of the future. Based in Milwaukee, WI, Leana is also responsible for leading the collaborative set-up of American Family Insurance’s Downtown Milwaukee corporate office, ensuring authentic and intentional connectivity with the Greater Milwaukee community and across AmFam’s broader, external partnerships.
Previously, Leana held several leadership roles with many nonprofits over the past 15 years, including the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Highland Community School and Growing Power. Academically, Leana received her Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and applied economics and an Executive MBA in leadership from UW-Madison. Leana values continued learning and has a certificate from the Global Social Enterprise Initiative and New Strategies at Georgetown University, and has participated in the YWCA’s Unlearning Racism course, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Partnership Milwaukee program and the DIA Masterclass in Pedagogic Mediation and DIA with La Vaca Independiente in Mexico.
She is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, TEMPO, Professional Dimensions, the HOAN Group and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. She continues her involvement in the nonprofit sector as board president of Highland Community School, board member of the Urban Ecology Center, a founding member of the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, co-founder of the Milwaukee Blockchain Meetup and a juror for the annual LISC-Milwaukee MANDI awards among many other volunteer activities. Leana has been recognized and featured for her community service in Milwaukee Magazine as a “Visionary Leader” in the 2017 issue of Faces of Milwaukee, as a “Rising Leader” by the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee in 2018, as one of Madison 365 “Si Se Puede 2019 Wisconsin’s 34 Most Powerful Latinos,” and featured in BizTimes “The Interview” in 2019.
She has co-authored over two dozen articles in Nature’s Pathways magazine and is a contributing author to “I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin.” Throughout her career and in her personal and professional life, Leana has committed to building alliances with other dynamic and phenomenal women and agents of social change to work towards a more equitable existence and improved quality of life for traditionally marginalized peoples. Leana and her family live in Milwaukee and enjoy exploring the city’s distinct neighborhoods, parks, cultural amenities and abundance of farm-to-table restaurants.