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Staff and Board
Eliza Cussen, Executive Director
Eliza specializes in strategic communications for non-profits. Prior to her arrival in the United States, Eliza served for three years as the Online Editor for Media Access Australia. Her essays and opinion writing have been widely published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Junkee.com, and many others. She joined the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Board in February 2015 and became its chair in August of that year. She is a graduate of the Wisconsin Women's Policy Institute.
Kalyn Jacobsen-Herder, Administration and Programs Associate
Kalyn took over as our staff member in November 2015 after a three-month internship. A qualified social worker, Kalyn came from a background on the front lines of domestic violence victim advocacy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in social work and minoring in Spanish from Concordia College, Minnesota.
In her role as Administration and Programs Associate, Kalyn oversees day-to-day operations, supervises interns and volunteers, and manages special projects, including our accommodation referral service.
Are you interested in helping to steer Wisconsin towards embracing abortion as essential healthcare? We're seeking passionate pro-choice people to join the board of NARAL Pro Choice Wisconsin and the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Foundation. Email Eliza Cussen to express interest.
NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin (501-c4)
Angela is a union organizer with the Service Employees International Union in Milwaukee. She has worked with numerous political campaigns as well as issue campaigns on the city and county level. Racial and gender justice are her main priorities as well as how they intersect with the reproductive rights movement. She was born and raised in Milwaukee and has been fighting for justice in various ways since 2009. She views reproductive justice as a civil and human rights issue and doesn't want anyone legislating her vagina or anyone else's with out their consent.She's also a fierce vagina warrior who had a role for three years in UW-Milwaukee's "Vagina Monologues".
Arvina is Chair of the American Indian Caucus for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. She has a long history of election organizing and political advocacy that fights for the rights of women and Native Americans. Arvina serves on the c4 and c3 boards.
Maggie has been a feminist organizer since she first interned with Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, Minnesota. She now serves as Regional Field Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in the Madison area.
Autumn has been involved with campaigns, politics, and organizing since the Fall of 2008. She graduated from UW-Madison in December of 2015, earning her Bachelor's Degree in 2.5 years. She graduated from the Emerge Wisconsin Program in June of 2016 and hopes to run for office someday and be a champion for women all across Wisconsin. Autumn is currently the Regional Field Organizer Lead in Northeastern Wisconsin for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. Autumn serves on the c3 and c4 boards.
Lucy moved to Madison in the summer of 2016 and has since taken a deep dive in to Wisconsin's fight for reproductive rights. In her former role at the National Organization for Women - NYC, Lucy led a volunteer clinic escort program. With a background in legislative advocacy for reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights, she brings her professional capacity for fund development, grant writing, and program management. Lucy volunteers for the Women's Medical Fund WI and is currently the Communications Manager at Sustain Dane. She is especially passionate about incorporating an intersectional lens of equity and inclusion in the feminist, pro-choice movement. Lucy serves on the c3 and c4 boards.
NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Foundation (501-c3)
Dr. Natalie Deibel, Chair
In 2003, Peg became the first woman to be elected Attorney General of Wisconsin. She has served as District Attorney and United States Attorney, and from 1989 to 1993 represented the 52nd Assembly District. She practices law in Fond du Lac and teaches politics at Ripon College.
Dr. Lisa An
Lisa is a physician with a passion for reproductive rights and access to abortion. She joined the Foundation board in February 2016.
Eileen has worked on issues of women's health, education, and rights throughout her adult life. Her work has ranged from volunteering with the March for Women's Lives and advocating for survivors of violence in Washington D.C., Minnesota, and Wisconsin, to teaching English to women and families. In these and other pursuits, she has devoted her volunteer and professional work to expanding women's capabilities to act as full participants in their communities. Eileen serves on the c3 and c4 boards.