Catrina is a life-long Milwaukee resident. She’s also a proud product of MPS, attending Clarke St. School, Morse Middle School and Washington High School. She gives a lot of credit to her family and the great teachers she had (many of whom she has kept in contact with) in her success, love of learning and desire to give back. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from UW-Whitewater, Masters in Business Management at Cardinal Stritch University and an Associates in Commercial Real Estate Certificate from Marquette University. Catrina is always in continuous pursuit of knowledge to better serve herself, her community and others as a result she has also participated in and completed; Future Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Police Department Citizens Academy.
In Catrina’s 20+ year career she has held leadership roles that helped to build a stronger community for Milwaukee residents. As a Recruiter/Program Coordinator at Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, she helped tackle skill shortage issues aiding the underserved in finding well-paying, family-supporting careers. Catrina has been at the helm of eradicating Milwaukee’s lead crisis, managing a $1-million-dollar Federal Housing and Urban Development Healthy Homes Grant which removed lead contaminates from hundreds of inner-city homes as the Program Coordinator for the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation. Ms. Crane spent 6 years as an Adjunct Instructor at Bryant & Stratton College teaching non-traditional students Career Development Skills as well as aided the Program Dean in training incoming instructors. Currently, Catrina is the Director of Workforce & Business Solutions for the Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. In her current role she provides support to 100+ businesses by building strong linkages between Valley employers and workforce development entities, educational institutions, government and neighborhood partners that support the economic stability and vitality of the 100+ businesses and the over 8,000 employees.
Passion for Youth
Catrina has a deep passion for youth initiatives. For 9 years she dedicated her volunteer time to Girl Scouts of America being a Troop Leader and a hard working Cookie Mom. What started out as the girl scout leader of 20 five-year-old kindergarteners, morphed over the years and turned into a confident group of young women who became high school freshmen and very involved leaders. Her troop was the highest selling inner-city troop twice and her girls were called upon to mentor younger troops. Catrina has severed on the Governance Board, PTO or parent volunteer for several Milwaukee Public Schools. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Urban Ecology Center of which she helps bring awareness to environmental education. Catrina has also served on the Washington High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation for over 15 years. The Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 to over 500 deserving graduating seniors seeking post-secondary opportunities. Catrina currently serves as the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee overseeing the selection and allocation of annual scholarships. Catrina Crane also served as the Donations Chair where she worked diligently to secure contributions to endow funding of student scholarships. She understands that reaching the dream of post-secondary education (which comes in various forms) has been denied to many due to lack of funds and she stepped in to address that issue. Due to Milwaukee’s needs of building a strong pipeline of workers for in-demand industries Catrina has also been able to blend her career at MVP with her passion of helping youth by creating STEM programming that provides local youth the opportunity to explore careers by providing tours, mentoring and direct engagement with professionals. This past year she connected more than 350 youth to professionals in the Menomonee Valley. Catrina was honored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority with the 2018 Woman of the Year Award honoring her for her commitment, leadership and service to the community.
Most importantly, Catrina is the proud mother of an academic scholar who is currently attending an MPS school.