Lisa Lucas is the Development and Communications Director at Wisconsin Voices. Lisa manages all major communications for the Wisconsin Voices network, including our Engage WI and Our Democracy 2020. Lisa has a strong background in nonprofit and communications management with organizations across the nation. Born in Milwaukee and raised in north central Wisconsin, she is firmly committed to reviving the state’s reputation for valuing social justice and civic participation. Lisa holds a BA in Political Science and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin.
Director of the African American Roundtable
Markasa joined Wisconsin Voices in 2013 as Office Administrator and was later promoted to Officer Manager. In August 2017, Markasa was promoted to Director of the African American Roundtable. AART, a project of Wisconsin Voices, is a coalition of community leaders and organizations that work to improve civic engagement for and with the African American community. Markasa became the Co-Founder of LiberateMKE in 2019. Markasa has a background in community activism and media relations. She is a former member of the National Association of Black Journalists and served as secretary and president of the Wisconsin Black Media Association. Markasa has her B.A. in Mass Communications. She is the founder and CEO of The Alternative, Inc and one of the co-founders of UBLAC (Uplifting Black Liberation and Community).
Civic Engagement Director
Valeria Cerda joined the Wisconsin Voices team in 2018 as the Data and Field Coordinator and was promoted to Data and Field Manager in August 2018. Valeria’s main role at Wisconsin Voices is to head the 2018 Relational Voter Program (RVP), to provide training and technical support for the VAN and the Wisconsin Voter App. Valeria is excited about creating and implementing the Relational Voter Program with and for our participating partners and about developing women and POC into well-seasoned organizers that would prepare them for roles as organizers in Wisconsin’s progressive organizing community. Valeria has a strong background in community organizing on Milwaukee’s South Side around immigration, labor rights and neighborhood development. She has her B.A. in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies with a certificate in Chicano/a & Latino/a Studies from UW-Madison.
Nicole Winters joined the Wisconsin Voices team in 2018 as the Operations Manager. Although Nicole has many responsibilities at Wisconsin Voices, Nicole’s main role is to manage grant and regrant deadlines and to record the profile and fundraising activity. Nicole is excited to be a part of Wisconsin Voices. Nicole has a strong background as a Legal Assistant. She has her MBA in Global Business Management from University of Phoenix.
AART Lead Organizer
Devin Anderson joined Wisconsin Voices in 2019 as lead organizer for the African American Roundtable. Devin’s main role is to engage community members and partners in campaigns around improving the quality of life for African Americans in Milwaukee. Devin has a strong background in campus, political and community organizing. Devin’s previous experience includes working for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin as a field organizer during the 2018 cycle, and Devin currently serves as co-chair of the Racine branch NAACP's education committee. Devin graduated from Beloit College in 2018 with a B.A in Education & Youth Studies and Political Science.
Data and Tech Manager
Laura Villeda joined Wisconsin Voices as a Data Associate in March 2018. Born and raised on the Southside of Milwaukee, she has seen injustices around her city and those who are closest to her. She is an undergrad at Alverno College, soon to be graduate, majoring in Integrated Studies. She was recently promoted to Data and Tech Manager. Laura has experience volunteering with 501c(3) organizations like Voces de la Frontera and being a past member of Y.E.S. She loves to be engaged with past and current events around the world and is passionate about teaching others what she has learned. She is enthusiastic about cultivating her background knowledge and experiences with Wisconsin Voices. She loves to write poetry and dance to different genres of music. Coming from a Mexican traditional household, Laura enjoys every minute of family time. She especially loves her niece and nephew that bring joy into her life.
Simone joined Wisconsin Voices in July 2019 as the Digital Coordinator and has pivoted to Development Manager in January 2020. Simone is a Milwaukee native. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Journalism from Marquette University and a Master of Art degree in Media Studies from UW-Milwaukee. She got into fundraising while in undergrad where she assisted in alumni fundraising. Since then, she has worked in a variety of fundraising and marketing roles. She is looking forward to working with Wisconsin Voices' partners on their fundraising goals and scaling up their capacity. In her spare time, Simone is a voracious reader, a chef, and spends time with her husband Charles and their dog Zeus.
Fair Maps Organizer
Carlene Bechen joined Wisconsin Voices as the Fair Maps Organizer in November 2019. She is a retired Wisconsin educator with more than thirty years of volunteer grassroots activism to Wisconsin Voices. She is a founding member of the Oregon Area Progressives and has been lead organizer on many local, state and national campaigns in southern Wisconsin and North Carolina. Carlene grew up in eastern North Carolina, the daughter of a United Methodist minister and a public school teacher. “My parents are my role models,” Carlene says. “They taught me to value every human being and to stand up to injustice.” Carlene worked for 30 years as a public school teacher in Madison, WI before retiring in 2016. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, obtained teaching certification at Edgewood College and earned a Master’s Degree in Experiential and Environmental Education from Radford University. Her organizational, communication and leadership skills along with an ability to listen and learn are assets she brings to the work ahead.
Iuscely Flores Villarreal
Civic Engagement and Field Manager
Iuscely Flores Villarreal joined Wisconsin Voices in October 2019 as the Census and Training Manager. iuscely flores was recently promoted to Civic Engagement and Field Manager. In this new role she will be in the field alongside Partners to move Wisconsin forward with a racial equity lens. She currently coordinates, supports, and executes 501(c3) civic engagement field campaigns, builds and deepen relationships with our key partners, assists in crafting outreach campaigns, as well as develop partner leadership and capacity. The Civic Engagement Field department is working to serve our partners in executing a thoughtful Census outreach, Voter Education, Relational Organizing, and Voter mobilization campaign.
Digital Coordinator (AART)
Lea Hortman born and raised on the Northside of Milwaukee, WI where the themes of poverty, violence, and low self-esteem greet the doorsteps of young black|brown women each day. Lea has literally allowed the challenges in her life to evolve her into the creative she has become as she birthed the name Lea V. Poetry. Pursuing her education Lea completed her Bachelor of Science: Social Work 2018, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, now seeking her Masters to expand her mission of impacting lives. Working in the Non-Profit sector since 2015. Focusing on conflict resolution, youth programming, and case management. Tapping into her creative potential learning the power of branding, storytelling, and making an impact. Her goal is to impact any environment through the empowerment of words and images, changing climates, perspectives and introducing ideas. Living to inspire, empower and impact individuals through servanthood.
Voter Registration Campaign Manager
Julia Lorentsen joined Wisconsin Voices as the Voter Registration Campaign Manager in February 2020. Her main role is to partner with organizations engaged in voter registration efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin in order to amplify all voices in our democracy. Julia's work in civic engagement and empowering communities began in her home state of New Hampshire where she served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year before moving to Wisconsin to teach middle school English on Milwaukee's north side. Julia is a proud alumna of Teach for America - Milwaukee, and holds a B.S. in Public Affairs from Northeastern University and a M.Ed in Education Policy and Leadership from Marquette University.
Julie just came to Wisconsin Voices after over five years leading the Virginia Civic Engagement Table as their Executive Director. Julie was previously the state Political Director for SEIU Virginia 512. Her background includes over 20+ years in sales and marketing, much of it in the Caribbean and Latin American region, and a lifetime of activism in politics and progressive causes. Julie is a native of Minnesota and is thrilled to have returned to the Midwest after 30 years on the East Coast. Julie and her husband, Mike are adjusting to their new life in Milwaukee and to downsizing. She’s a passionate gardener, intrepid traveler and has admitted to an addiction to reading and acquiring books. Since moving to Wisconsin she’s fallen in love with curling and spends every available moment on the ice.
Voter Registration Outreach Manager
Debra Gary was hired as Quality Control Associate but was promoted to Voter Registration Outreach Manager. Debra is working with partners to offer support and guidance in their voter registration goals, civic engagement, mutual aid work, and racial justice efforts. She has a ten-year background in human services for a non-profit organization. Debra loves serving her community and is passionate about the work she does to help, educate, and offer resources to help people move forward with their personal goals. She is an advocate for her community and the people she serves. Debra is active in internal and external racial justice caucuses and trainings. She has also volunteered with various community-based organizations.
Digital Campaign Manager
Alyssa Delloro joined the Wisconsin Voices team in February 2020 as the Digital Campaign Manager. Alyssa’s main role is to manage Wisconsin Voices’ social media presence and support the organization and its many partners in all things within the digital sphere. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art with a Graphic Design focus from UW-Madison, where she honed a wide array of traditional and virtual media skills. While she is new to non-profit activism, Alyssa has a strong background in digital media strategy and graphic design, and is excited to use her digital expertise to uplift issues she has long been passionate about. Alyssa spends her free time cooking, taking many photos of her four cats, and gaming with her partner Carson.
Digital Partner Manager
Jeanette Martin (she/they) joined Wisconsin Voices as the Digital Partner Manager in February 2020. Her main role is to convene and support six digital organizers with carrying out experiments around platforms and messaging to overlay digital tactics on field strategies-- “blended organizing”. She is also a cultural worker who uses the intersection of art, cultural work and organizing to bring about social change. Jeanette is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Fine Art, and a Certificate of Chicanx/Latinx Studies, and a Master of Arts in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Data and Reporting Manager
Caleb Thompson joined the Wisconsin Voices team in 2020 as the Data and Reporting Manager. Caleb’s main role at Wisconsin Voices is to help partners and staff track civic engagement work to ensure every Wisconsin can participate in our democracy. Caleb has a strong background in political organizing and fundraising, and has worked on progressive political campaigns up and down the ballot across the United States. Caleb earned his B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College. In his spare time Caleb is passionate about learning how to make new pasta shapes and sauces.
Meet Our Board
President & Executive Director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Voices Board, Consultant
Wisconsin Voices Board President – Board Term
Wisconsin Voices Board, Senior Field Organizer of ACLU