Parks Are ‘An Indicator Of Our Collective Health.’ Where Does Equity Fit?

For Rebecca Stoner, the fight for Milwaukee’s parks is the fight for our collective wellbeing.

In 2021, Stoner took on the title of executive director at the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, founded just a year before with the goal of engaging Milwaukee and its residents to support the struggling county parks system.

Stoner originally planned to be a doctor. After growing up in North Carolina, Stoner took classes like molecular biology and chemistry at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign throughout her undergrad. She even went pre-med for a couple years before she discovered her love for being a part of solutions-based work.