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.
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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 wAmerican 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.
In 2018, Henry was named InBusiness Magazine’s 2018 Startup Company Executive of the Year, was given the Amigo Award by LaMovida Radio and was named Outstanding Experiential Learning Host by the Madison Metropolitan School District for allowing students to attend the Wisconsin Leadership Summit.
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.
Robert 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 worked in strategic communications in nonprofit, arts and entertainment and local government sectors for several years.
Robert has served 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.
L. Malik Anderson is a journalist, social media marketer and content creator. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications (Reporting), Communication Arts (Radio-TV-Film) and a Certificate in Digital Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. L. Malik’s interest include television, music, cinema, theatre, technology and social justice. His journalism experience includes writing for hyper-local, local and national audiences.
In Summer 2014, L. Malik began his multi-summer internship with Wisconsin Public Radio as the Emma L. Bowen Foundation Scholar working in various departments such as audio engineering, web content, development and The Ideas Network, most notably The Larry Meiller Show. Currently, he publishes a profile series titled “Melanated Moguls” alongside other personal reflections and television reviews on lmalikanderson.com.
L. Malik’s artistic work focuses on intersecting identities such as Blackness, Queerness while incorporating topics like mental health, masculinity, the African diaspora and other socio-political issues relevant to contemporary society. His work uses journalism, poetry, prose, mixed and digital media to reclaim his cultural identity and queerness while empowering himself. L. Malik’s words can be found in Madison Commons, WPR.org, The Madison Times, Madison365, Blavity and on other platforms.
Shezad Baloch is a freelance journalist and researcher. He has recently graduated from UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a research master’s degree. Previously, he worked as a reporter in Pakistan’s conflict-zone Balochistan for eight years. He also worked for UNICEF’s polio eradication program in Pakistan as a regional Communications and Reporting Officer.
Mackenzie Krumme is a 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She served as an intern with Dr. Alex Gee on his podcast, Black Like me. She also reports for Unified News Group throughout Dane County.
Ayomi Wolff is a student-journalist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts in both English and History. Previously, she worked as an intern for the Washington City Paper in Washington, DC, and had worked on both high school and colligate publications. She is also an avid photographer and filmmaker had has received accolades for both including an honorable mention from C-SPAN for her documentary submission in their 2020 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary contest. She is deeply interested in racial and socioeconomic disparities in America and hopes to further this interest through journalism.
Jill Gade (Director of Business Development) graduated from Edgewood College with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Marketing while working for Ameritech Cellular. That is where she first met Henry Sanders and began her career and professional training. Over the course of the next 25 years she has become a passionate and enthusiastic sales expert with extensive experience in account management, retail management, customer service, staffing and nonprofit fundraising.
Outside of work Jill is married, has two daughters and enjoys volunteering. She has served; St. Paul Lutheran School on the PTO and as a Dance Coach for six years, Lake Mills Library Scholastic Fundraiser for five years, Willowbrook Nursing Home for eight years, Lake View Elementary Food Pantry over the last year and currently is currently serving as the “Special Needs Coordinator” at Abiding Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Stephanie Díaz de León (Director of Outreach and Engagement) is a proven professional in outreach, engagement and workplace diversity. She is the lead planner and designer of the Wisconsin Leadership Summit, the state’s premier professional development and community-building event for the state’s leaders of color. She has also served on the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Committee at the Wisconsin Union and the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Council for the University of Wisconsin, and was a member of the University of Wisconsin’s Latino Staff and Faculty Association. She has overseen and executed many of the Wisconsin Union’s major events, including Diversity Forum every year since 2015, the Memorial Union’s reopening, the grand opening of the new Union South and many more.
Matthew Braunginn is a Madison native and civil rights activist.
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
Stan 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.
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.
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).
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