Introducing Your Madison Field Staff
November 7 is rolling around in 41 days and it scares me @#$%less to think about the thousands of people we need at the doors and on the phones before and on Election Day. But what pulls at my heart deeper than the nervousness of bringing in enough volunteers to win is the thought of not being with my team after November 7.
For the past two months and more, I have had the privilege of hiring and working with six incredibly brilliant and passionate staff members in
From your left to right…Soren is in charge of recruiting new volunteers for
Jennifer is a long-term friend and comrade. I knew the moment that I was able to choose my staff she had to be on the team. We met almost four years ago, when Jennifer was a freshman in college. She volunteered regularly at the doors and with people of color outreach. She finally came on as a part-time staffer, while remaining a full-time undergrad business student. She has, in many ways, worked as what is often described as a “deputy” and recently became a part of the data team. "J Knox" has also taken a lead on people of color outreach and assists with recruitment calls. Beyond words powerhouse.
Diane is a full-time volunteer staffer who has been committed to working on this campaign for two years. After having done all of our jobs at least twice as a volunteer, Diane has delved into taking a lead in working with day-time volunteers and the data entry world. Bringing in regular volunteers, challenging herself to take on work that we would be nothing without, she moves me to push myself harder every single day. Thank you from the roots of reason for sharing your life with us and fighting harder than any of us. To the super human.
Nathan is far beyond my dreams of what a dedicated team member can be. As a volunteer he never missed a canvass and as the lead door canvass staffer in
Tim is the most recent addition to the team but one of the old head volunteer captains. As a Waunakee native and lead Action Network volunteer, he first started by organizing in the greater Dane County Networks but is now a volunteer phone bank organizer with Lori. Tim gave up his career as a corporate manager to work as a field staff. On top of impressing us with his countless dress shirts and shoes, he has stepped up our phone program by adding day shifts, recruiting our 50 to 100 Best Canvassers and regularly making the calls we need to get people to the doors. Tim is always willing to do whatever is asked of him, trusting in us and himself to strengthen the campaign. Welcome back activist and keep it strong!
Lori is our lead volunteer night organizer. A friend from high school and someone who dedicated a year of volunteer time in addition to working third shift and taking care of two kids, Lori was not someone I was willing to miss having on staff. She is technically part-time yet works longer and harder than 50 hour weeks. She, her husband, and two baby boys have given up so much to be a part of our staff. Thank you all for letting us have her for these few months. Growing as an organizer, she has made volunteer nights welcoming and productive: creating scripts, trainings, structure and pumping up our volunteer captains numbers. To our health and well-being manager: thank you for the constant life of fresh vegetables and love.
These diverse individuals have come together as a strategic, goal-oriented and loving team. I couldn’t imagine being in this campaign without them. We have become family. And like any intense relationship, we fight, we love, we talk, we ride a roller coaster of emotions and energy. We work together and hang out after hours.These folks have become the soul force of this campaign for me. Thank you Madison Field Staff for your passion for this issue and for keeping our state fair. Thank you for working 80+ hours a week, spending 8-16 hours a day together: planning, calling, canvassing, training, organizing, and building the movement to blow the ban out of the waters in