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AK Development, LLC was founded in 2016 by President Ariam Kesete. AK Development is more than just an organization focused on developing real estate, communities, and people. It is an applied concept to people, places, and things. We focus on four core objectives: security, responsibility, accountability, and collaboration.

We focus on rebuilding communities that have been affected by trauma, distress, or mere negligence. Among our core objectives, security is our first pillar. Therefore, we view our role in real estate development as providing security to communities by redeveloping homes, workplaces, and any hindering structures.


Our overall goal is to bring our motto of "think global, act local" to all the communities we have a hand in developing. Our success lies in our team's diversity, international viewpoints, and the collaborative elements included in every project we touch. Building affordable houses for working-class individuals who can't afford high-end housing and are not eligible for government-subsidized rentals is one of the significant long-term goals of AK Development.

About - Owner

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Born and raised in Eritrea, located in East Africa, Ms. Kesete migrated to the U.S. in 1997. Ms. Kesete was raised by a single mom and was taught the important values of hard work and dedication as a means to improve her livelihood. Following her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit, Ms. Kesete left from Minnesota and moved to Wisconsin where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Sales from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and also earned her certification in Community Administrative Leadership.

After graduating, Ms. Kesete amassed over 6 years of experience working in the mental health field by working as a care coordinator for Wraparound Milwaukee. Ms. Kesete has always remained connected to her communities and has been steadfast in her mission to better Milwaukee communities as evidenced by her direct engagement with a number of underserved communities in Milwaukee. Ms. Kesete has made her dreams of making an effective contribution to Milwaukee neighborhoods come true.

Furthermore, Ms. Kesete is also a graduate of the prestigious Associates in Commercial Real Estate program, where she heavily studied all aspects of the commercial real estate industry. Ms. Kesete has been resolute in her dedication to finding solutions to aid in responding to neighborhood needs and will continue to make her mark in underserved Milwaukee communities as an established developer, and furthering her reach to the community and people in them as a whole.

Ariam Kesete isthe president of AK Development LLC and the development team's lead. She has extensive experience in property management and development, including completing over 100 property rehabs in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Milwaukee, successfully managing 32 of those units debt-free and a rent-to-own housing model with her tenants of ACT's housing program, resulting in single mother tenants (of her rehabbed properties) becoming homeowners



Damfe is an experienced project manager who leverages his brand strategy, consulting, technical writing, marketing, and communications background. He has worked with successful tech startups and real-estate companies with technology and product design expertise locally and internationally.

As a speaker, educator, and community contributor, he is also an active part of communities, helping African youths develop in-demand skills. 

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