Brad Paul : Executive Director

Brad Paul

Executive Director

Brad brings more than twenty years of local, national, and international experience developing partnerships and managing policy, education and research agendas related to issues of land, labor, housing and poverty reduction. Long active in national anti-poverty and homelessness policy and advocacy work, Paul previously served as Director of Public Policy at the National Coalition for the Homeless and then as co-founder and Executive Director of the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH). He is the primary author of the 2003 Bringing America Home Act, comprehensive federal anti-poverty legislation, and his writings on housing, homelessness, human rights, and labor have appeared in such publications as Clearinghouse Review, Ms. Magazine, Shelter Force, International Union Rights, and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History. Immediately prior to joining WISCAP, Brad spent nine years working for a number of international development organizations, including Technoserve and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Maputo, Mozambique. Paul is a former VISTA volunteer and holds a PhD. In labor history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Jonathan Bader : Director of Public Policy & Programs

Jonathan Bader

Director of Public Policy & Programs
Diana Austin : Director of Operations

Diana Austin

Director of Operations

Diana joined WISCAP in August of 1997. She is responsible for agency financial and human resource functions.

Kassidy Berens : Communications Manager & Office Administrator

Kassidy Berens

Communications Manager & Office Administrator

Kassidy manages all of WISCAP's events like our quarterly meetings and annual Poverty Matters! Conference. She coordinates different trainings throughout the state, depending on what our members' needs are at the time. She also handles all of our communication efforts including the design and content of our website, social media, graphic design items, press releases and the like. In May 2017, Kassidy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication and a certificate in Digital Studies. She came to WISCAP with an extensive background in event management,website development and working with the non-profit sector. She lives in Oregon with her fiance, Jordan, and her overly-friendly beagle and cat.

Samantha Kozlowski : Food Security Program Specialist

Samantha Kozlowski

Food Security Program Specialist

Samantha started working with WISCAP to help with The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to help ensure that low-income families across Wisconsin have supplementary diets and are well fed. She communicates with and surveys various statewide partner agencies and compiles the results to gain a further understanding of community wants and needs. In addition, she places commodity orders and processes delivery receipts into the USDA’s order management system. Sam graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and certificates in both Global Health and Gender & Women’s Studies. Starting in the fall, she will be pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at UW-Madison to further immerse herself in community health knowledge. She is from the suburbs of Chicago but has fallen in love with the calm, city aspects of Madison.

Jacob Boelter : Intern

Jacob Boelter


Jacob Boelter is an undergraduate at UW-Madison earning a Bachelor of Science in community and environmental sociology. This unique branch of social science has ignited his passion for community outreach and efforts to address and combat issues pertaining to poverty and justice at the community, state, and federal levels. Jacob is eager to take skills and knowledge from the classroom and apply them as a volunteer at WISCAP. However, he believes that his time with WISCAP will be a robust learning experience as well as an opportunity to serve his community. He plans to continue his education after graduating and hopes to do so in an area that allows him to foster his interests in social policy, community welfare, and social justice. Jacob is originally from Milwaukee. In his spare time, he is an avid runner, enjoys cooking and baking, and writing original screenplays.

Jake Williams : Public Policy Intern

Jake Williams

Public Policy Intern

Jake Williams is a 27-year-old, Section 8 Housing Coordinator at CWCAC Inc. who has recently began volunteering at WISCAP. He did this because he wants to assist in any way possible with the work WISCAP is doing, with the ulterior motive of seeking to learn everything he can about what a career in public policy would entail. Jake is a firm believer in working for an organization that is focused on helping others, based on the idea that only through assisting others and practicing selflessness can you attain true happiness. He has been employed at his local nonprofit organization for over a decade and has worked his way up from a part time program assistant to a full time Housing Coordinator.  He is a Wisconsinite who graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. In his free time, Jake loves to cook, read, golf, and has recently taken up piano.