Alice Meade-Taylor was a former Executive Director of Milwaukee County Extension whose vision for building neighborhoods and nurturing people included gardening programs for children, youth and their families. Alice Meade-Taylor's career was dedicated to education, first in the area of youth issues, then in drug and alcohol abuse programs, and later in teaching people about cultural diversity and multiculturalism.
Alice began her career as a UW-Extension, 4-H Youth Development Agent in Jackson County. After various positions with the City of Milwaukee, she served as a staff development specialist for the National Center for Diversity, based at Kentucky State University. While there, she brought experiences and knowledge from study and training in programs such as those operated by USAID and the World Health Organization in Liberia, the Liberian Institute of Public Administration, and the University of Chicago Child and Family Institute at Northwestern University. Upon returning to Milwaukee, she was involved with community projects that improved the lives of women and their families and supported people of color and their communities, including the Fighting Back Project in Milwaukee County and the African Diaspora Project at North Division High School. As the first African American director of the Milwaukee County Extension Office, Ms Meade was an important factor in the cultural, academic and political development of the office.
Alice Meade-Taylor is respectfully and lovingly remembered by hundreds of colleagues, associates, and friends in many communities in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Extension, Kentucky State University and elsewhere. Alice’s Garden is named in her honor.