Our Team


Our Team

Develop Wisconsin is led by professionals with significant business development, management and investment experience.  They are experienced entrepreneurs with extensive knowledge on what it takes to succeed in the marketplace. Most importantly, they have assisted hundreds of BIPOC-owned businesses in Wisconsin.   If you are interested in joining our team, contact us today!


Board Member/Founder/President

-Damon is a Founder of Develop Wisconsin.   He brings to the table a wealth of experience in business financing, business development, economic development, commercial corridor development and real estate development.  Damon has held management positions in several Fortune 500 corporations, including; We-Energies and Northwest Airlines.   Damon is an entrepreneur and has started several businesses.   Damon holds a B.S./Business from Marquette University and an MBA from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.   Damon is a native of Frog Island, Waukegan, Illinois.


Board Member, Chief Operating Officer

Maya  is the Founder and owner of the Hammouri Group, a provider of supplies for hospitals, assistant living facilities and nursing homes.   Selected as a “30 under 30 Leader” by the Milwaukee Business Vanguard, Maya has experience in a broad range of industries, including; property management, healthcare, financial services and real estate.  A native of Milwaukee, Maya is fluent in French and Spanish

Dr. Sha'Juan Kennedy, Ph'd

Board Member

Dr. Kennedy is a Licensed Professional Counselor , PhD, LPC, and is based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.  Sha’juan is the owner of Kennedy’s Circle of Wellness, a leading counseling center that specializes in the counseling of Trauma and PTSD, Stress, Depression, etc.  In addition to her practice, Dr. Kennedy is an owner of a real estate investment and management firm, and a construction company.  Dr. Kennedy is a native of Milwaukee.



Board Member, Secretary

Maria is a Board Member and Organaizational Development Advisor. Maria provides Develop Wisconsin with signficant insight and experience on  organizational development, planning aninfo@developamerica.orgd change.   Maria works with the Board to develop Bylaws, policies and procedures that are consistent with Wisconsin law.    Maria was recently recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.   Maria, a native of Boston, holds a JD from University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Pauline grant-jones, CPA

Board Member, Treasurer/CFO

Pauline is an experienced accountant with over 20 years of experience providing services to clients in a broad range of industries.  Pauline is the founder of Grant-Jones Accounting Services, a firm that specializes in nonprofit accounting, tax preparation and grant management.  Pauline is a Veteran of the US Air Force.  Pauline is a native of Michigan.



Board Member

Brandon can best be described as a jack of all trades,  As an entrepreneur he founded one of the leading marketing firms serving the Minneapolis area, He has been an art teacher for a school in Milwaukee’s central city, and he has been involved in the creation of hundreds of murals.   Currently, as the Senior Media Buyer for Potawatomi Bingo & Casino he purchases all of the media buys for Potawatomi.  Brian is Native American and grew up in northern Minnesota.

Erbert Johnson, CPA

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

Erbert is a Founder of Develop Wisconsin.  A creative problem solver with nearly a 40 year track record of improving bank management, capitalization and performance; raising millions of dollars if US Treasury grant to support bank operations; developing new market based backing products that generated tens of millions of new revenue.  Erbert, a native of Milwaukee, holds a B.S./Accounting from University of Wisconsin.


Nadeem Hammouri

Business Development Specialist

Nadeem has a significant experience managing businesses, serving customers and turning struggling businesses into more competitive enterprises.  He has provided management, customer relations and operation services in the financial services and food services industries.   Nadeem, a native of New York City, is fluent in Arabic.


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