Riverworks is made up of three dynamic organizations working together to positively impact businesses and neighborhood residents in our target areas. The coordinated efforts of Riverworks Development Corporation (RDC) and the Riverworks Business Improvement District (BID) were paramount to reviving Milwaukee’s northeast industrial corridor which was devastated by the exodus of major national corporations up until the early 1990s, including Square D, Johnson Controls, Coca-Cola, and American Motors Corporation.


In 2016, a resident-led effort, through through the Harambee Great Neighborhood Initiative (HGNI), led to the creation of the Harambee Neighborhood Improvement District (NID). The Harambee NID is the newest arm of the Riverworks Center, and gears focus towards property improvements for homeowners within the boundaries of the NID. 


Hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars have been added to our local economy in large part because of our active business development strategies. Over the years Riverworks has adapted and grown to better address the expanding needs of our businesses and resident neighbors in the Harambee and Riverwest communities.

Meet the riverworks family


Darryl Johnson
Executive Director
Debbie Powers
Administrative Office Specialist


Ruth Weill
Community Engagement Specialist
Rosalynn Wolfe
Community Creative Placemaking & Economic Development Coordiantor
Clarissa Morales
Community Asset Development Specialist
Coretta Herring
Financial Clinic Director
Hallie LeBell
Talent Development Coach
Christopher Free
Financial Coach
Yolanda Coleman
Financial Navigator
Paty Landeros
Program Assistant


Kate Bartlett
Business Development Specialist
John Cervantes
Riverworks Cleans Business Manager
Shaunta Gibbs
Laundromat & NAP Manager
Temo Rodriquez
THE VIBE Business Manager &
Workforce Development Specialist

Riverworks Cleans Crew

Andre Hall
Neighborhood Ambassador
Michael Marfitt
Neighborhood Ambassador Driver
Deantae Richmond
Neighborhood Ambassador
Jovan Jiron Sr.
Neighborhood Ambassador
Camaurri Studs
Neighborhood Ambassador Driver
Kevin White
Neighborhood Ambassador


Shaunta Gibbs