Dana Schultz is the Executive Director at Wisconsin Voices, the 501c3 state table in Wisconsin, where she leads a network of over 60 progressive organizations. In her role, Dana manages the backbone organization for collective impact on civic and voter engagement. Dana’s background is in student organizing then community organizing with women to make the workplace better for women and moms. Dana loves her job at Wisconsin Voices, aligning a unique and diverse set of organizations in Wisconsin to achieve bigger things together. She specializes in coalition facilitation and anchoring groups in shared outcomes and a common agenda. Dana has a B.A. in Political Science and Communications with a Masters in Political Science. She ran for State Assembly in 2010, played D1 basketball at UW Milwaukee, and has a growing family who anchor her thirst for making Wisconsin a good place for families of all races and incomes to live and thrive.
Development and Communications Director
Lisa Lucas is the Development and Communications Director at Wisconsin Voices. Lisa plays a key role in identifying and expanding development efforts for Voices and our partners. She also 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 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).
Matt Dannenberg joined the Wisconsin Voices team in June 2019 as the Census Director. Matt grew up a proud Watertown Gosling. He earned his degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from UW-Madison where he was a Badger cheerleader. Since then, he has taken his enthusiasm to community organizing around climate change and democracy. He is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and in 2012 started WI Native Vote, a program to increase civic engagement in WI's first nations. He feels passionate about making sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census and that every voice matters in our democracy.
Data and Field Manager
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.
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.
Laura Villeda joined Wisconsin Voices as a Data Associate in March 2018. She is an undergrad at Alverno College, soon to be graduate, majoring in Integrated Studies. She has experience volunteering with 501c(3) organizations like Voces de la Frontera and being a past member of Y.E.S. As a data associate, she administers the VAN (Voter Activation Network) for partner organizations and their affiliates, provide basic VAN training and tech assistance in order to implement partner's engagement work. She is eager to learn how to cultivate her background knowledge to Wisconsin Voices.
Simone is a Milwaukee native. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Journalism from Marquette University where she picked up digital skills and a Master of Art degree in Media Studies from UW-Milwaukee. She has experience with a variety of digital marketing: inbound marketing strategy, email programs, training on CRM databases, and navigating content management systems. She is a problem-solver by nature and is looking forward to being a part of Wisconsin Voices and assisting its partners in reaching their goals digitally. In her spare time she bakes, practices her graphic design skills, collects books, and spends time with her husband Charles and 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
Census and Training Manager
Iuscely Flores Villarreal joined Wisconsin Voices in October 2019 as the Census and Training Manager. She will be training our partner canvassers to prepare and engage in the upcoming Census through interactive presentations and doing community outreach so our zip codes considered Hard To Count will be counted this year. Her previous work is centered around student and worker rights. As the past chair of the Wisconsin tuition equity committee she values education, and obtaining an education regardless of race, age, legal status or socioeconomic background. She has been on panels that center around immigration, education, and industrial complex reforms.
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.
Meet Our Board
Wisconsin Voices Board, President & Executive Director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Voices Board, Consultant
Wisconsin Voices Board
Wisconsin Voices Board, Senior Field Organizer of ACLU