Mandy Potapenko, Executive Director
Mandy Potapenko joined as Director of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council in June of 2015 after over 10 years of diverse, criminal justice, and community-relations work. Mandy’s adept skill set in relationship building and collaborative problem-solving makes her uniquely effective in her role. As Milwaukee County’s CJCC Director, Mandy is responsible for directing and facilitating the efforts of the Council in planning and implementing system-wide improvement in Milwaukee County’s criminal justice system.
Prior to joining the MCJC, from 2012-2015, Mandy served the 32 neighborhoods of Milwaukee Police District 3 as the Community Prosecution Unit Coordinator (CPUC) and Team Lead at Safe & Sound. CPUCs serve as civilian-liaisons within Milwaukee Police Department district stations to support collaborative, strategic initiatives, neighborhood problem-solving and nuisance abatement efforts. Mandy also has four years of experience as a case manager in Milwaukee County's Pretrial Services community supervision program, and a two-year internship experience in Milwaukee County's restraining order clinic.
Mandy is a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Psychology.
Erin Perkins, Safety & Justice Challenge Project Manager
Erin Perkins serves as the Project Manager for the Milwaukee Community Justice Council, overseeing the MacArthur Safety & Justice Challenge grant for Milwaukee County. Previously, she was the Coordinator of the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, managing legislative advocacy, policy development, and community education in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault for the City of Milwaukee. She also worked for Safe & Sound, a non-profit organization focused on reducing crime and addressing quality of life issues through neighborhood organizing, youth development, and law enforcement. A native of Milwaukee, Erin completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice at UW-Madison and is currently finishing her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Minnesota.
Dakota Crowell, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, Public Allies AmeriCorps Apprentice
Dakota Crowell is excited to join the Public Allies Milwaukee Class of 2019 and serve his term with the Milwaukee Community Justice Council. Dakota is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and minors in Sociology and Urban Planning. During his time as a student, Dakota was involved in student government and was the founder and executive team lead for the UWM Food Center and Pantry, a free food pantry for UWM students, faculty, and staff. In that role, he led a 20+ member stakeholder group to develop a governance structure and sustainability plan, in adherence with national best practices. Dakota’s passionate about fair and affordable housing, transportation and job connectivity, and community development; all of which are social issues interrelated with the priorities of the MCJC. Dakota looks forward to supporting the MCJC’s community engagement efforts and ensuring community voices and priorities are elevated.