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New Leaders Council

2015 Fellows - Madison


Matthew Braunginn, Student Services Specialist, UW-Madison 

	Matthew	Braunginn	Matthew Braunginn is a Madison native and Purdue University graduate, where he studied Political Science. He currently works with UW-Madison's premier pre-college pipeline program, The PEOPLE Program.

Matthew volunteers his time outside of work on two United Way Community Solution Teams. He also is a co-founder of Young Gifted & Black who are coordinating efforts in the Madison area around the Black Lives Matter movement.



Chad Chriestenson, Sales, Marketing & Events, Old Sugar Distillery 

	Chad	Chriestenson	Chad Chriestenson has lived at over 40 different addresses across the U.S since high school. His employment experience ranges from distilling brandy to guiding wilderness elk & bear hunts to writing computer code for large-scale climate change models to being the marketing director for a green grocer to managing organic farms.

Since graduate school he has followed his passion for making the world a better place, working with socially & culturally conscious startup businesses, helping start non-profits and pursuing his passion for creating and telling the stories that matter. His writing ranges from poetry to fiction to journalism and has been published both nationally and internationally.



Britt Cudaback, Legislative Assistant, Wisconsin State Assembly 

Britt originally from Nebraska and moved to Madison about a year ago. She cut her teeth in progressive politics working on Senator Bob Kerrey's senate race in 2012 and has been working in politics every since. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, she worked at the Nebraska State Legislature for Congressman (then-Senator) Brad Ashford and for a political consulting firm managing a statewide race, four legislature races, and two down-ballot races. She previously also spent time at the Nebraska Democratic Party and worked on local city elections in 2013.

Britt is currently pursuing a master's degree and just finished her first semester at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also working as a legislative assistant at the Wisconsin State Assembly for Representative Melissa Sargent. She is very excited to take part in NLC-Madison and is looking forward to learning and meeting new progressive friends and colleagues.


Bryon Eagon, Student, UW Law School 

	Bryon	Eagon	Bryon is a proud Wisconsin-native and is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. During undergrad at UW-Madison, Bryon worked on the 2008 Obama campaign as Deputy Youth Vote Director for Wisconsin and was elected to serve on the City of Madison Common Council.

Between undergrad and law school, Bryon taught 6th grade history in Brooklyn, NY through Teach for America, where he also coached basketball, soccer, and chess. He is a minority shareholder in the Green Bay Packers, Inc. (one share) and enjoys music, biking, and traveling.




Lauren Gould, Classroom Teacher, McFarland School District 

	Lauren	Gould	Lauren Gould is a social justice activist and educator. She teaches sixth-grade English Language Arts and Social Studies at Indian Mound Middle School in McFarland, Wisconsin. Lauren is passionate about culturally relevant teaching and committed to studying issues of equity and privilege with her students. She strongly believes in the value of culturally relevant teaching, technology integration, and collaborative learning. Outside of the school day, Lauren serves as as an adviser to the Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

Lauren is a Wisconsin Native, originally from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-Madison in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education. During her undergraduate career, she tutored for Schools of Hope and the PEOPLE Program and volunteered with the Wisconsin Youth Company. Lauren completed her practicum and student teaching in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), and served as a long-term substitute in MMSD as well as the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. When she is not teaching or lesson planning, Lauren can often be found reading, practicing yoga, or spending time outdoors.


Jacob Hollnagel, Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 

	Jacob	Hollnagel	Jacob was born and raised in western Wisconsin in the La Crosse area. From an early age, Jacob saw public service as a high virtue, and focused his interests in public school to learning as much about American civics and government as possible. Jacob began his civic engagement during this time by joining the International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, and volunteering with Obama for America during its historic 2008 campaign. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2013 with a degree in Political Science, which deepened his understanding of the political process and its impact on policy and people's lives. Jacob focused his studies on American government, taking courses on the electoral process, legislative process, and judicial system. During his time at the UW, Jacob became a member of the Wisconsin Union Directorate, LGBT Caucus Director of the College Democrats of Madison, and continued volunteering on many campaigns in 2010 and 2012. During the historic protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation, Jacob joined the movement to defend labor rights by participating in the protests and learning more about labor history and its impact on the American economy. Through his involvement and leadership in the College Democrats of Madison, Jacob deepened his advocacy for the equality of individuals with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and intersex bodies and developed his campaigning and organizing skills.

In 2013, Jacob joined the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), where he works to implement the new evaluation system for the public school system. Jacob's experience in public education has been instructive and reinvigorated his commitment to strong public schools. Jacob works with partners across the agency and K-12 education in Wisconsin to strategically plan, implement, and communicate about the DPIÕs initiatives and priorities. In his free time, Jacob enjoys personal writing, watching and reading historical drama, and cheering on Wisconsin teams with his friends. In 2015, Jacob plans to begin traveling more, reconnect with the Spanish language, and strengthen his leadership skills. Additionally, Jacob follows and engages in activism around a wide-range of public policy fields, focusing on the economy and labor issues, equity in the legal system, and LGBT issues.


Andrew Hoyer-Booth, Program Manager, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association 

	Andrew	Hoyer-Booth	Being passionate about the wellness of others has characterized Andrew's professional and personal life. From working to repair the homes of elderly and disabled homeowners to counseling small business owners in receiving start up loans, he has spent the majority of his career in the nonprofit sector. It is this passion for social equity and building stronger communities that has led him to the New Leaders Council.

A native Floridian, Andrew spent most of his life in the south before moving to Wisconsin in 2012. His educational background is in Communications and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Andrew enjoys volunteering, reading, playing sports, traveling, and cooking.



Kevin Kopplin

	Kevin	Kopplin	Kevin is a fourth-generation Wisconsinite, born and raised in Watertown. He attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Along with his studies, he pursued internships within student government and the office of former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Outside of school, he served as a volunteer with the Coalition for Reclaiming Area Streets on Halloween and the Forward Music Festival in downtown Madison. Though he has been employed in the retail and service industries, his passion has steered him towards more civic-oriented forms of service.

Kevin's political involvement has taken him around the state and, at times, the country. His first experience as a campaign volunteer took him to Iowa and New Hampshire during the 2008 primaries, and he has enjoyed being on the front lines of the political process since. In 2011, he relinquished one of his two jobs to take part in the historic capitol demonstrations and further dedicated himself to political volunteering. His endeavors since then have included volunteering statewide during the 2011 senate recalls, serving as a local leader during the attempted recall of Gov. Walker and Sen. Fitzgerald, assisting with operations of a hometown field office throughout 2012, and volunteering with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin headquarters. His efforts were recognized with the honor of serving as a Wisconsin delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Along the way, Kevin had the iconic "Stand With Wisconsin" fist tattooed on his wrist as a reminder of struggles past, present and future.

Kevin currently lives in Watertown with his recall romance, Tanya, and her eight year old son. He will be assuming the role of vice chair of his county Democratic Party in 2015 and hopes that his participation in the New Leaders Council institute will help him become more effective in that position and beyond.


Elizabeth Kunze

	Elizabeth	Kunze	After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, Elizabeth went on to work as the Office Manager for Wisconsin's 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Mary Burke. Elizabeth first became politically active as a legal observer with the American Civil Liberties Union during the 2011 protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Then, during her senior year abroad in Freiburg, Germany, she was strongly influenced by the contrasts between the 2012 Presidential election in the United States and the reelection of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as the German education system, urban and regional planning; specifically alternative transportation and energies.

Elizabeth's educational focuses in contemporary ethics and gender studies continue to influence her career in politics. She sees the strengths of other global democracies and how their policies can be effectively applied to promote socioeconomic equity in Wisconsin, the city of Madison and in the United States.



John Magnino , Associate, The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) 

John Magnino (MPA, La Follette School of Public Affairs; BA in Political Science, UW-Madison) is an Outreach Associate with the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a new "action tank" aimed at supporting legislators advancing progressive policy in state legislatures across the nation. At SiX, John works to coordinate relationships with legislators and organizational partners in an effort to help coordinate policy development and campaigns. John also manages SiXÕs email and social media platforms. John has always been deeply interested in progressive policy on the state level. Before SiX, John worked for the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE) as a research specialist. At ALICE, he helped to build a publicly accessible library of progressive model and exemplary state-level and local legislation. While pursuing his Master's degree in Public Affairs at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John interned in the office of the Democratic Leader of the Wisconsin State Senate. At the La Follette School, he focused on both quantitative and qualitative policy analysis. John worked on a team to execute a cost-benefit analysis of the stateÕs voter list maintenance procedures for the Government Accountability Board, the nonpartisan state elections board. For his senior capstone project, John helped conduct the state's first cross-agency analysis of homeless and foster youth data in order to identify factors in the foster program that lead to higher incidences of youth homelessness.

As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John worked at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin during the protests against Scott WalkerÕs AB10 and the ensuing recall elections. At the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, John initially served as a finance intern and later as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and State Chair. In the year that followed, he served as the party's intern coordinator. In this role, John oversaw the hiring and daily operation of over 20 interns. Outside of work, John has been very active in the Madison, WI community. John ran for the Dane County Board during at the age of 20, and then went on to serve as the President of the Langdon Street Neighborhood Association, the largest student district in the city of Madison. John also serves on the cityÕs Vending Oversight Committee. John originally hails from Arlington Heights, Illinois.


Renee Turgeon, Posse Mentor, UW-Madison 

	RenŽe	Turgeon	Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Renee has called Madison home for the past 8 years. She currently works as a mentor for The Posse Foundation and interns at UW-Madison's LGBT Campus Center, in addition to bartending and managing at Dlux.

In May, she will be completing an MS in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and she plans to continue working toward social change as an administrator in higher education.




Hanna Vadeboncoeur, Development Manager, DreamBikes, INC. 

	Hanna	Vadeboncoeur	Hanna is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she received a bachelor's degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership from the School of Human Ecology and a certificate in Global Health. She is currently Development Manager for a local nonprofit DreamBikes; a used bicycle store that employs inner city teens to provide paid job training, offer scholarships and connect teens to the resources needed to shift gears a find a brighter future.

Hanna has spent a lot of time traveling, studying and working around the world, she is interested in international development and the link between health and improved livelihood.



Emily Winecke, Membership Coordinator, Community Shares of Wisconsin 

Emily grew up in Stoughton, Wisconsin, and credits her parents for fostering her love of Wisconsin and commitment to public service. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in English and German Literature and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Following her graduate studies, Emily returned to Madison and worked as a Communications Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Administration, before starting a career in the nonprofit sector as Administrator of the Wisconsin Women's Network.

In her current role as Membership Coordinator for Community Shares of Wisconsin, the oldest social justice fund in the U.S., Emily supports the efforts of nearly 70 nonprofits working to advance social and environmental justice in Wisconsin. EmilyÕs commitment to the nonprofit community also extends to her service on the Board of Directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Madison. In her free time, Emily enjoys being outdoors as much as possible and taking in Madison's beautiful natural scenery. 



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