Administrative Staff

Rob Henken
President

Rob Henken is the President of the Public Policy Forum. Since joining the Forum in January 2008, Henken has authored or co-authored four reports that won national awards from the Governmental Research Association. He was named one of Milwaukee’s 100 most influential leaders in The Milwaukee Business Journal’s annual “Power Book” in 2012 and one of Milwaukee’s “Game Changers” by M Magazine in 2013.

Prior to becoming PPF President, Henken worked in Milwaukee County Government for nearly 10 years, serving as Director of Research for the County Board, Director of Health and Human Services, and Director of Administrative Services. Henken also has directed two non-profit organizations in Milwaukee – the Alliance for Future Transit and the Milwaukee Jobs Initiative.  Prior to moving to Milwaukee in 1994, he worked for seven years on Capitol Hill as a senior aide to two congressmen and as staff director for a House of Representatives foreign affairs subcommittee. 

In addition to leading the Forum, Henken is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he teaches on transportation policy. He also served as President of the Governmental Research Association, which includes nearly 30 research organizations from 19 states, from 2014-16.

Henken has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Brown University and a Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, he lives in Bayside with his wife, Barrie, and cockapoo, Barkley. The couple has two grown sons, Danny and Ben.

(414) 276-8240, Ext. 1
Therese Schneider
Director of Operations

Therese Schneider is the Director of Operations at the Public Policy Forum. Schneider is responsible for the Forum's business operations and manages all Forum membership activities, events, and communications.

Prior to joining the Forum in June 2014, Schneider worked as a development officer, conference coordinator, and program manager for organizations in California and Washington, DC. She also worked as a business consultant for non-profits in Milwaukee.

Schneider holds an M.B.A. and a master’s in community and regional development from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech. Born and raised in the DC area, she lives in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee with her husband, Bobby, daughter, Stella, and two dogs, Copper and Ludo.

(414) 276-8240, Ext. 3

Research Staff

Joe Peterangelo
Senior Researcher

Joe Peterangelo is a senior researcher with the Public Policy Forum. Peterangelo’s research focuses on economic development, workforce development, and transportation.

Before joining the Forum in 2011, Peterangelo worked as a planning assistant for the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development and as a research assistant with the Metro Chicago Information Center. Prior to moving to Milwaukee in 2008, he was a program coordinator for United Way of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Peterangelo holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in sustainable development from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He is a member of the American Planning Association.

(414) 276-8240, Ext. 8
Anne Chapman
Senior Researcher

Anne Chapman is a senior researcher with the Public Policy Forum. Her work focuses on K-12 education issues. She also conducts research related to arts and culture, local government finance, and nonprofits/philanthropy.

Before joining the Forum in August 2012, Chapman worked as a legislative program analyst at the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau. Previously, she served as community impact manager for United Way of Salt Lake and community development agent with the United States Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa.

Chapman holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in French and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from the University of Utah. She is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

(414) 276-8240, Ext. 7
Jeffrey Schmidt
Data & Technology Director

Jeff Schmidt is the Data & Technology Director with the Public Policy Forum. Schmidt has been with the Forum since 2003. Schmidt analyzes, formats, and visualizes data for Forum reports, presentations, and member communications. He also collaborates with the research staff on research findings to develop data visualization strategies that communicate findings in reports and other supporting documents.

Schmidt is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Forum’s website, pc and server technical support, and the purchase and setup of new technology. Schmidt designs and formats published Forum reports.

Schmidt holds a B.S. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

(414) 276-8240, Ext. 4
Benjamin Juarez
Researcher

Benjamin Juarez is a researcher with the Public Policy Forum. Juarez' research focuses on the fiscal health and performance of governments and school districts in southeast Wisconsin.

Before joining the Forum in April 2016, Juarez worked for the Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin as her representative to Southeast Wisconsin. He has experience conducting economic policy research in Latin America at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, as well as acquiring and analyzing raw data to provide consulting to businesses and political campaigns. A policy analyst by trade, he is committed to finding answers among the data.

Juarez holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Theology from Marquette University.

(414) 276-8240, Ext 2
Susan Moeser
Researcher

Susan Moeser is a researcher with the Public Policy Forum; interested in government, health care and labor issues.  Before joining the Forum, Moeser was the Fiscal Director at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and also served as Assistant Director for the Milwaukee County Income Maintenance Program.  Moeser has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Milwaukee – Wisconsin and has done non-profit organization research.

Moeser holds a Ph.D. in Labor Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Marquette University.

(414) 276-8240, Ext. 0