Joe Zilber with group of Milwaukee kids

About Us

History and Mission

The Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a private, independent grantmaking institution dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and neighborhoods. Its founder, Joseph J. Zilber, was born and raised in Milwaukee. He attended Milwaukee public schools and Marquette University, where he met his wife, Vera. They lived and raised their children in Milwaukee, the home and headquarters of Zilber Ltd., a company that specializes in residential and commercial development and property management in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

The Zilber Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, especially those in the City of Milwaukee, to:

The Foundation is governed by an eight-member board of directors and professionally managed by a staff of five.

Board of Directors




Marcy Jackson, President Gina Stilp, MBA, Executive Director Click here to email
James Janz, Vice-President Erin Frederick, MS, Program Director Click here to email
Steve Chevalier, Secretary-Treasurer Camille Davis, MS, Office and Grants Manager Click here to email
Michael Mervis Irma Yépez Klassen, Program Officer Click here to email
Melissa S. A. Jackson  
Shane Jackson Meredith Trockman, MA, Program Associate, Hawai`i Click here to email
Marilyn Zilber  
John K. Tsui  

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