Eugene Manzanet, after serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve has dedicated his time and energy to serving the Milwaukee area as resource of information for financial education, community, and economic development. As a current resident and homeowner of the near northwest side of Milwaukee, he was born in New York City and raised in the heart of the "South Bronx." He currently is the Executive Director of Scaling Wellness In Milwaukee- SWIM. SWIM is an organization dedicated to increasing strategic partnerships between local service providers of all sizes to address generational trauma in Milwaukee. SWIM's mission is to drive community-based collaboration that helps to prevent and respond to trauma and creates a resilient Milwaukee. SWIM initiatives include increasing strategic partnerships between service providers, providing wellness and capacity-building activities for small trauma-facing community-based organizations, and delivering trauma-responsive workplace training and retreats.
Eugene attended The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he developed his passion for social responsibility as a student majoring in history. He has continued his education locally at Cardinal Stritch University, earning a bachelor's Science Business Administration, a master's degree in Business Administration and Doctorates degree in his studies of Leadership for the advancement of Learning and Service.
Doctoral Research Manzanet's dissertation examines the evolution of a group of thirty social service nonprofits and how they make (or do not make) the necessary strategic adjustments as a business to evolve and, at times, reinvent themselves to stay relevant to the populations they serve. At the center of my study is a Cardinal Stritch University initiative: Mission Fuel. This initiative applies a business accelerator model to assist nonprofit leadership teams with developing and implementing strategies to diversify revenue streams, become more entrepreneurial, and ultimately realize a more stable and self-sustainable future. Mission Fuel supports the skill development of nonprofit leaders to address various complex challenges in an economically sustainable and holistic manner. (Cardinal Stritch University Mission Fuel click here)