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.

Katherine Stark : Graphic Design Intern

Katherine Stark

Graphic Design Intern

Katherine is WISCAP's graphic design intern. Hailing from Madison's west side by way of the Twin cities, she will graduate from Edgewood College in December of 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and French. As a freelance graphic designer, she has worked with artists, bloggers and small business owners. She currently assists with WISCAP's print and digital design needs, which include everything from Facebook profile pictures to this year's annual report. Outside of work and school, Katherine can be found around the local music scene, hunting down vintage vinyl on Monroe Street, and flooding Instagram with photos of her cats.

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.

Jonathan Cook : Public Policy Intern

Jonathan Cook

Public Policy Intern

Jonathan Cook comes from Madison, Wisconsin and attended Lodi High School. As a high school student, Jonathan became politically conscious during the Act 10 protests in 2011, which affected the collective bargaining rights of both his mother and his step-father. Jonathan attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing. As an undergraduate student, Jonathan was an intern for State Senator Jennifer Shilling and the La Crosse Public Defenders Office. Currently, Jonathan is a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Last summer, Jonathan worked in the Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and in State Representative Jill Billings’s office. After graduation, Jonathan plans to pursue a career in public policy.

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.