CORDELLA JONES is a finance professional and community advocate who is passionate about building collaboration across systems and sectors and coordinating resources around homeownership in the city of Milwaukee. She has over 15 years of combined experience in the areas of bank operations, retail lending in low-moderate income areas, management, technology, and community engagement. She is a graduate of Associates in Commercial Real Estate, a program sponsored by the Mandel Group and Marquette University to increase minority representation in commercial real estate.
Cordella studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an academic focus in economic development and civil engineering.
Milwaukee’s overall homeownership rate has dropped by nearly 14% over the last decade, with the local gap between Black and white homeownership being higher than almost all of the other 100 largest cities in the country. The connection between housing stability and health outcomes has never been more evident than during the Covid-19 crisis. FUSE will work with the Department of Development to create or improve 10,000 units of affordable housing throughout the city, focusing on increasing Black homeownership, to maintain housing resilience in the face of future economic downturns.