Originally from Neenah, Conner Wild moved to Madison in 2008 to attend college at the UW-Madison. He immediately became involved in several student organizations but devoted most of his time to F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, where he assisted in the operations and management of an student-run organic farm, and Street Pulse Newspaper, a monthly publication that highlighted homeless issues and employed individuals experiencing homelessness as vendors.
In 2012, Conner graduated from UW-Madison with a BA in History with certificates in German and American Indian Studies. After college, Conner traveled extensively in Europe before returning to Madison to pursue a career in the culinary industry. His passion for people experiencing homelessness never waned, however, and he spent his off days volunteering at a nascent drop-in day center at Bethel Lutheran Church. Conner was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to coordinate the drop-in day center in 2014, an experience that proved formative and transformational under the tutelage of his mentor, friend, and director, Mark Wilson. Conner developed programming and services for the drop-in day center that expanded to operating every weekday and serving over 150 guests per day.
2016 brought another fortuitous opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation when Conner accepted the position of Supervisor of Clinical Operations at Rethke Terrace, Madison's first permanent supportive housing complex for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. Conner directed the move-in of 60 residents and development of comprehensive onsite services. In 2017, he decided to shift directions in his career and accepted a position as a behavioral health case manager with UW-Health's Adolescent Intervention Program where he earned his substance abuse counselor credentials. Over the past two years, Conner has had the distinct honor of serving on the Board of Directors for the Dane County Homeless Services Consortium as well as the Wisconsin Housing First Coalition.
In his free time, Conner can be found outdoors gardening, hiking, camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and biking. Conner is an avid photographer, cook, reader, writer, and traveler. He will never pass up the opportunity for some live music and enjoys playing guitar, piano, and cello. A bit of a Luddite, he is still stubbornly committed to adding to his ever-growing CD collection and never giving up his flip phone. He is always eager to sit down over a cup of coffee and talk about housing policy, harm reduction, chile peppers, hobo culture, and travel stories.