Contact: Kevin Fischer, WHEDA, 414-227-2295 or 608-354-3580,

MADISON– State Senator Alberta Darling (River Hills) and State Representative Evan Goyke (Milwaukee) have been appointed to serve as members of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Board of Directors.

“I’m delighted to welcome both Sen. Darling and Rep. Goyke to our talented and dedicated WHEDA Board of Directors,” said WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston.

“As co-chair of the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, Sen. Darling has vast experience and institutional knowledge that will most certainly be invaluable to the board in fulfilling WHEDA’s critical mission,” Winston said.

“Rep. Goyke has an energy and passion for housing. His current service on the state Assembly’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate makes him a perfect fit for the WHEDA board,” Winston concluded.

WHEDA was created in 1972 by the Wisconsin Legislature to address affordable housing needs.  Its purpose expanded in 1983 to include business and agricultural financing.  WHEDA works closely with lenders, developers, local government, nonprofits, community groups and others to implement its low-cost financing programs.

“I love WHEDA’s vision statement: ‘We provide the tools to help people and communities realize their hopes and dreams,’” said Sen. Darling. “I’m excited to work with the many talented and thoughtful members on the WHEDA board to make that vision a reality for more people in Wisconsin.”

“Housing matters,” said Rep. Goyke. “Quality housing, whether rented or owned, brings stabilization and a stronger community.”

“WHEDA, and its programs, have had a significant positive impact on the 18th Assembly District and the city of Milwaukee,” Rep. Goyke continued. “I look forward to working with WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston, my fellow board members, and WHEDA staff to help fulfill our shared priorities and goals.”

WHEDA board members include the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, the CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and six public members nominated by the governor and appointed by the state Senate. In addition, one state senator of each party and one representative to the state assembly of each party serve on the WHEDA Board.  Members serve staggered four-year terms.

For 45 years, WHEDA, as an independent state authority, has provided low-cost financing for housing and small business development in Wisconsin.  Since 1972, WHEDA has financed more than 84,000 affordable rental units, helped more than 122,000 families purchase a home and made more than 29,000 small business and agricultural loan guarantees.  For more information on WHEDA programs, visit or call 800-334-6873.

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