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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:00

Mlada to fill newly created director of development position with Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

    Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada will have another job title to add to his resume Monday — director of development for the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.
    Mlada, who is not seeking re-election in the April election, will begin work at the Land Trust on Feb. 5, Executive Director Tom Stolp said Tuesday.
    “Tom’s just a stand-out person,” he said. “I think Tom offers a unique perspective given his time as mayor, and I’m eager to have that.
    “As mayor and beyond, he’s conducted himself with utmost integrity. We’re thrilled to be able to add someone of Tom’s professional caliber and personal character to our team.”
    As the director, Mlada will essentially head up fundraising efforts for the nonprofit agency and work with members and donors to ensure their goals are met, Stolp said.
    It’s a job that shouldn’t be a stretch for Mlada, who worked as director of development and stewardship for St. Monica School and Parish in Whitefish Bay for years.
    His interest in environmental issues has also been evident during his tenure as mayor. Mlada had spearheaded several environmental initiatives and created groups like the city’s Environmental Planning Committee.  
    He’s also worked closely with the Land Trust on stewardship initiatives and projects, including the proposed Cedar Vineyard subdivision on the city’s south side that will combine a residential development with a winery, vineyards and a 101-acre nature preserve that will protect environmentally sensitive lands.
    Mlada received a stewardship award from the Land Trust in 2015, Stolp noted.
    “Having worked very closely with OWLT on a number of difference-making, community-based stewardship initiatives throughout my time as mayor, I have witnessed and experienced the very real impact of this extraordinary organization,” Mlada said. “It’s going to be an incredible opportunity to give back. I’m very, very excited.”
    The full-time position is a new one, said Stolp. The organization had filled the post in the past, but it has been vacant for many years.
    Mlada was selected after a nationwide search that yielded primarily regional candidates, he said.    
    The Land Trust has 32 preserves in Ozaukee and Washington counties and has protected roughly 4,000 acres through conservation easements, Stolp said.Daily Press