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).
Shauntay Nelson works with a network of progressive organizations to ensure increased momentum to impact civic and voter engagement. She has worked with local community leaders and politicians to create policy that will strengthen her community. Shauntay has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration. While attending school, Shauntay developed a growing passion for social justice. She is an alumni of Center for Progressive Leadership, a non-profit organization providing leadership training for advancing progressive political and policy change. She is also a graduate of Emerge, WI, a program dedicated to teaching women to run for electoral seats. Shauntay also volunteers by working with youth to develop life skills, promote education, and encourage youth to be an advocate for change.
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.
James Morris transitioned to Census Coordinator at Wisconsin Voices after serving as the Field Coordinator for WV 2018 Engage Wisconsin Campaign. James has a diverse background that includes working as a Lead Organizer for the Campaign For A Sustainable Milwaukee where he spearheaded the Transportation and Living Wage Campaigns. He has worked as a Social Service Provider and Administrator as well as having a 20-year history of volunteering in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha communities of color. After graduating with honors from the UWM Educational Policy and Community Studies program, he was awarded an Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship to UWM’s Cultural Foundations of Education Graduate program.
Meet Our Board
Wisconsin Voices Board, President & Executive Director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Voices Board, Consultant
Wisconsin Voices Board, Political Consultant & Treasurer
Emil Ovbiagele, JD, MBA
Wisconsin Voices Board, Attorney
Wisconsin Voices Board, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Field Director, Director of Native Vote