About Us

About Us

Madison365 uses excellent journalism to start conversations, find real and lasting solutions, build community, invite action and encourage emerging leaders in Greater Madison’s communities of color, and to foster dialog between members of diverse communities.

Madison365 is operated by 365 Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Our Founders

For nearly twenty years, Henry Sanders Jr. (CEO and Publisher) has been a force for community development, economic development and entrepreneurship in the Madison area, in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.

He worked for the City of Madison and then-Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin before joining the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce as Vice President. In that capacity he started the Small Business Advisory Council, Latino Chamber of Commerce and the African American Black Business Association. Sanders is also the founder of the young professionals organization Madison Area Growth Network (MAGNET), Madison Network of Black Professionals, and Capacity 360, a government relations firm that brought more than $15 million to Wisconsin businesses.

Henry ran a statewide campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 and in 2011 joined the Obama Administration as the Small Business Administration’s Region V Advocate, speaking up for small businesses across six states.

He serves on the Board of Directors of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and chairs its Membership Advisory Council.

For the past decade, A. David Dahmer (Editor in Chief) was editor in chief of The Madison Times Weekly Newspaper, Madison’s only multicultural weekly newspaper focusing on the positive people, places, and events in Dane County’s African American, Latino, Southeast Asian, and Native American communities. He has written well over 1,000 in-depth articles on minority-related people and topics and has managed the direction, content, design, production, and promotion of this multicultural newspaper that has won national awards.

Dahmer is the immediate past president of the Board of Directors of Centro Hispano of Dane County, a Madison agency that works to improve the quality of life for Latinos and others living in Dane County by empowering youth, strengthening families, and engaging the community. A graduate of UW-Madison, Dahmer is an NAACP Unsung Hero Service Award winner for leadership efforts in advancing the mission and goals of the NAACP and untiring service to the community and a Club TNT Waterbearer Award winner for outstanding contributions to the community.

robertchappellRobert Chappell (Associate Publisher) began his professional journalism career at the age of 15, covering village government for the Mount Horeb Mail in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. He worked as editor of the Fennimore Times and associate editor of Madison Magazine. He later served Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton as communications director and has worked in strategic communications in nonprofit, arts and entertainment and local government sectors for the last six years.

Robert serves on the Mt. Horeb Village Cable Commission and as Junior Warden at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. He is also the father of four children of three different ethnicities.

Our Staff

JordanGaines4Jordan Gaines is a Milwaukee native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She founded The Black Voice, a revived and reimagined online reincarnation of the classic 1970s student newspaper. She studied journalism in the graduate school at Northwestern University.

 

Lupe-smallLupe Salmeron is a freshman at Edgewood College and a graduate of the Madison365 Academy, our journalism training program for young people of color. She is a graduate of Madison East High School.

 

Our Contributors

Matthew Braunginn is a Madison native and civil rights activist.

 

 

 

Miles Brown is a writer from Milwaukee with an interest in bridging gaps and writing to make people face uncomfortable truths.

 

 

 

Rev. David Hart is a pastor, attorney, and author living in Madison.

 

 

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies for the University of Wisconsin.

 

 

 

Our Board of Directors

Derrell Connor

Derrell Connor is a longtime radio personality in Madison and Milwaukee. In addition, Derrell has also been a contributor to Madison Magazine, Wisconsin State Journal and Channel 3000.com. He is currently a member of the Association of Opinion Journalists.

Derrell has served on the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Board of Directors, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Advisory Council, and as a volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. He currently serves on the Verona Area School Board, and the Academic Success Team at the United Way of Dane County.

Before moving to Wisconsin 20 years ago, Derrell grew up in Philadelphia, PA., and attended San Francisco State University. He has three children.

Stan-Davis-OPTStan Davis is the owner and president of The Davis Group, a law and consulting firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Stan’s consulting business ranges from strategic planning for businesses to providing a full range of diversity related services to help companies recruit and retain a diverse and productive workforce.  Stan’s legal practice focuses on civil rights and employment discrimination litigation.  Stan also teaches at the University of Wisconsin Law School and in the higher education leadership doctoral program at Edgewood College.

Prior to attending law school, Stan graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, taught high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and worked in the Washington, D.C. offices of U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento (MN) and U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (MN). After his graduation from George Washington University Law School in 1998, Stan served as an Assistant Attorney General in the civil litigation unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). At DOJ, Stan advised and represented state agencies, legislators and employees in litigation in state and federal courts around the country.

In 2003, Stan was appointed to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Jim Doyle. In that capacity, he served as chief legal advisor to the Governor, as the Governor’s liaison to the Wisconsin Court System, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Department of Military Affairs. He was also a member of the Wisconsin Claims Board, chairman of the Wisconsin Pardon Advisory Board and directed the Governor’s Homeland Security Council and Judicial Appointments Commission.  Stan is a former member and president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and previously served as a member of the UW System Board of Regents.  Stan has also been a member of the UW-La Crosse Alumni Association Board of Directors, the UW-La Crosse Foundation Board of Directors, the Urban League of Greater Madison, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and Madison Children’s Museum Boards of Directors.  Stan currently serves on the boards of Madison365, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and the Wisconsin Non-Profits Association.

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Annette Miller has lived in Madison since 1989. She came to Madison to attend the University and graduated.  She started her career in state government providing policy, budget, and project management skills on topics such as new program development, workforce issues, and operational best practices for eleven years.  In 2003, she accepted an opportunity as Mayor’s aide where she expedited and advanced community and neighborhood issues and projects on behalf of the Mayor.  In 2005, she accepted an opportunity at Madison Gas and  Electric as Emerging Markets and Community Development Director. Her current role is to build partnerships and connect as it relates to energy, sustainability, and inclusion of their emerging customer markets.   Overall, Annette Miller enjoys educating, speaking, and dialoguing around issues of community, energy, diversity and sustainability in the Madison/Dane County area.

mr-headshotTwo summers ago Mark Richardson left his post as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Urban League of Greater Madison to start his own company, Unfinished Business LLC.

Unfinished Business LLC is a consulting company designed to help professionals prepare for, navigate, and accelerate career transition.  In short, we connect talent with opportunity.

GigBlender – started in 2014 – is 5-person technology start up that created a talent and opportunity matching Application (App.).  Born as a way to scale Unfinished Business, GigBlender is technology built with intention.  It helps people find jobs that fit them on a more personal level, and helps organizations to quickly find talent that is a better fit for them.

At the Urban League, Mark was charged with forging, prioritizing and managing the League’s relationships with organizations in the Public, Private, and Non-profit sectors.  Mark also oversaw the Corporate Fund Development for the Urban League.  Previously Richardson was responsible for the management, and evolution of the organization’s work readiness training programs and partnerships.  Additional responsibilities included strategic planning, and event management.

Mark led efforts to expand ULGM’s partnerships with area businesses, government agencies, nonprofit employers and investors.  He helped area employers achieve their workforce diversity goals, identify and hire quality semi-skilled, skilled and professional employees.  Mark is the chief architect of the region’s leading Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit.

Richardson served as Division Administrator with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce where he oversaw the agency’s Minority Business Development and Entrepreneurship Bureaus and their annual distribution of more than $5O million in state and federal funds for Housing and Community Development. Prior to the Department of Commerce.  Mark served as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, a cabinet-level state agency charged with supporting Wisconsin’s $13 billion hospitality industry. There, he served as chief legislative liaison to the Governor’s office and oversaw two Bureaus: Marketing/Public Relations and Customer Care/Technology.

Prior to Tourism, Mark served as Director of Membership & Marketing for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.  In the private sector Mark held several leadership roles over a nearly 10 year period with telecommunications giant Charter Communications, including Director of Marketing & Sales and Regional Sales Manager.   He started his professional career in Agriculture as a Regional Sales Manager with AGCO Parts (a successor to Allis Chalmers based in Batavia, Illinois).