Downer Avenue business district's new director steps into job during unusual times

Liz Brodek started as executive director of the Downer Avenue Business Improvement District in mid-March, which quashed her usual practice of doing meet-and-greets with local retailers. 

In that position Brodek will oversee the Downer Avenue BID’s $80,000 annual budget and efforts to support local businesses in the two-block restaurant and retail hot spot on Milwaukee’s east side. Instead of meeting with local business owners one-on-one, she’s been calling and emailing to see how the BID can help those who are forced to shut their doors because of COVID-19.