MadREP is grateful for the generous support of our many private and public sector board members and investors who help shape the future of the Madison Region’s economy.
Peter is an architect with over 35 years of experience designing award-winning commercial, civic and urban design projects. Since 1993, he has worked at Strang, voted the top architectural firm for the last eight years (2013-2020) by Madison Wisconsin’s InBusiness Magazine readers. He is responsible for Strang’s design vision and creative direction.
His client-focused design philosophy involves a commitment to thoughtful listening in order to create environments that truly reflect users’ needs and visions, while responding to their context of time and place. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he is passionate about sustainable design and our collective responsibility as stewards of our planet and the public realm.
A native of Malaysia, Peter came to the U.S. to attend Cornell University, earning a B.Arch and an M.Arch in Urban Design. In addition to MadREP, his community service includes the Madison Urban Design Commission, Upper House Advisory Council, Fitchburg Center Development Review Committee, and serving as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 122.
Juli Aulik has been director of community relations at UW Health since 2002. She oversees UW Health’s contributions program, community benefit reporting, and local government relations. Juli collaborates on community health improvement projects, the community dimension of population health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
She has a background in economic development, historic preservation, and tourism, including working in the WI State Senate for the Senator who chaired the economic development committee, as a policy analyst for the former WI Department of Development, and leading Taliesin Preservation, Inc.
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Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from Duke University
Daniel Brown is the Executive Manager of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison where he has served since 2012. Prior to arriving at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, he served a highly successful 4-year term of office as the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Vice President. As Vice President, one his more prominent accomplishments of many was leading Gaming Compact negotiations with the State of Wisconsin and finalizing a deal that has been very beneficial to his tribe and the State of Wisconsin. Another outstanding achievement was his leadership in more affirmatively pursuing an off-reservation gaming site in Beloit. Serving as the General Manager at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells in the early 2000s, he led that property toward its most profitable years. As the Executive Manager at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, he has transformed that property into the most profitable gaming facility in the Ho-Chunk Nation 5 years running and the upward trajectory continues. He works tirelessly to establish substantive partnerships with the local business and non-profit communities and with local governments. A fine public speaker, he has given multitudes of presentations throughout the community educating audiences about many facets of the Ho-Chunk Nation as well as sharing his vision for a campus development that is designed to benefit not only the Ho-Chunk Nation but the City, the County and the State. His has been a 28-year journey of collaborative leadership for his tribe.
Julia Arata-Fratta is recognized as a business and accounting professional with more than 15 years of experience as a consultant and mentor in management for non-profit organizations, accounting, and taxation. She is a Manager in the Tax and Business Service Department at Wegner CPAs. She is also an Alderwoman for the City of Fitchburg Common Council since 2015. During her tenure, she has served in several commissions and committees in different roles and acted as President of the Council in 2020. Julia is known to be a proven experienced, reliable, and community-focused leader. She considers herself as a servant leader that enjoys her role in the Fitchburg Council.
In 2012, Brava Magazine recognized Julia as one of "23 Women to Watch" roles in the Latino Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Julia was recognized with the "Women of Achievement Award" by the Wisconsin Women of Color Network for her commitment to enriching the lives of women of color.
In 2014, she was awarded the Community Leader Award for her work with the Latino Business community in Dane County. And, in July of 2015, she was recognized by the INBusiness Magazine as one of Madison's "Most Influential" people for her contributions to the business community.
Julia was the former President of the board of directors of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County. She devoted more than eight years to build up the organization as a volunteer. Additionally, Julia was one of the founder members of the Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison.
Julia has also served in the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a South-Central Advisor Team for Wisconsin Women Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), Agrace Hospice, and United Way of Dane County.
Currently, she serves in the Madison Regional Economic Partnership in the Executive Board as Treasurer, the Latino Consortium for Action, and the Overture Center Foundation as Board Treasurer.
Julia is married and has two sons (in College). She is originally from Argentina and has been a Fitchburg resident since 2004. She enjoys gardening, snowshoeing, and she is an avid soccer (futbol) fan in her free time.
Jessica J. Marquez is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Hy Cite Enterprises, a Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered international distributor of premium cookware. With over 1,200 employees and corporate offices in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina, it is among the top 50 direct selling companies worldwide. In her current role, she leads HCE’s global operations for its legal and compliance departments. Ms. Marquez has a business litigation background and expertise in enterprise risk management, consumer financial regulation and international corporate governance.
David is responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial aspects of the company’s Wisconsin Utility. This includes the operation and maintenance of all fossil and renewable generation assets, the electric and gas distribution systems assets, engineering, and customer support and account management for Wisconsin customers. His responsibilities also include the planning and execution of large strategic projects across Alliant Energy. David's previous responsibilities include managing large capital projects, managing several generation facilities and multiple engineering positions.
David has been with Alliant Energy (and in Madison) for over 30 years and is on the Board of Second Harvest of Southwest Wisconsin, regularly participates in initiatives and committees with the United Way of Dane County, is a member of the Leadership Greater Madison Alumni and a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.
His education includes an MBA from Edgewood College in Madison, WI and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
Jeannie is a 5th generation family business owner of JP Cullen and serves as the company’s co-president. Prior to her role as co-president, she was the Vice-President of JP Cullen’s Healthcare Construction Division. The division was founded and grew significantly under her leadership. Jeannie is an active member of her community both professionally and personally. She serves on several nonprofit and local organization boards and steering committees including Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association and the American Heart Association. In addition to her involvement, Jeannie is committed to increasing the number of women working in her industry.
As president of Madison College, Dr. Daniels has led the college in creating and implementing a shared governance environment, reshaping how the college responds to the unique needs of the communities it serves, guiding the transformation of an institutional culture that respects open dialogue and shared decision making, and fostering an environment that values and supports equity and inclusion with students and the college’s workforce.
Dr. Daniels led a successful campaign to construct the Goodman South Campus on Madison’s South side that brings access to educational and community resources to an area with substantial poverty, underemployment and unemployment. The creation of the Early College STEM Academy, a partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), will facilitate learning for 200 high school junior and seniors in a full-immersion STEM dual credit program leading to an AA or AS degree to be received at the same time students attain their high school diploma. The Goodman South Campus opened for the fall, 2019 semester. Under his direction, Madison College will also develop numerous academies with the multiple school districts served by Madison College. During his tenure the buildout of Madison College’s campuses was completed, the Corporate Training Center established, Madison College’s STEM Center and the Entrepreneur Center created, and the Center for Equity and Transformational Change was established.
Dr. Daniels has more than 30 years of higher education experience, ranging from community and technical colleges to graduate institutions. In addition to serving nearly 25 years as a community or technical college president, he has held several positions of distinction, including psychology professor; associate dean of math, science and physical education; dean of instruction; and vice president of academic affairs. In addition to being named one of the most influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison 365, in early 2019 he received the Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. Also in the spring of 2019, Dr. Daniels was named a recipient of the Eagle Award. This award, presented by the Instructional Services Administrators of the Wisconsin Technical College System, recognizes success in leadership with the tenets of desire to excel, to imagine, to create and to try. He was named to receive one of the 2019 Distinguished Community Awards from the Madison Links and has been recognized with the President’s Award from the Urban League of Greater Madison. Along with his numerous awards, Madison College received the Eduardo J. Padron Award for Institutional Transformation. Dr. Daniels has a Ph.D. from the Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology in Berkeley, Calif.
Dr. Daniels continues to advance a college leadership model that is inclusive, respectful of diversity and practices equity in all forms and empowers individuals to lead within their scope of influence. An equally important mainstay of Dr. Daniels’ vision is the engagement with communities to provide strategies and assistance that impact community development.
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Erik Iverson is Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), a nonprofit, mission-driven organization supporting scientific research within the UW–Madison community for nearly a century. He joined WARF in June 2016. WARF is the designated patent management organization for UW, partnering with university researchers on patenting and licensing their discoveries and providing grants to the UW to support further research.
Iverson has over 20 years of executive experience leading organizations and programs committed to entrepreneurial efforts that positively impact people worldwide. Prior to joining WARF, he served as a lead executive at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), attorney at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and within the law firm of Perkins Coie.
He holds a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, J.D. from the University of North Dakota, and an LL.M. from New York University.
Nyra Jordan is one of the founding directors of the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, a Madison, Wisconsin-based innovation hub that leverages venture capital investment and transformative public and private partnerships to address major challenges facing the US. These challenges include diminished family economic security, an uncertain national economy, educational disparities, mass incarceration, climate change, systemic racism and other social determinants of health, along with and the void in effective leadership around these issues. As social impact investment director, Jordan's goal is to engage with innovative initiatives, investments and partnerships that allow more families to gain wealth and enjoy their American Dream.
In addition to leading and implementing initiatives to assess whether internal operations and practices are consistent with social justice values, Jordan amplifies community experts and founders focused on people-centered technology solutions for those impacted by the justice system. She believes that tech can create opportunities and help reduce inequities in the criminal and civil justice system -- but only if it is designed by, with and for people with direct experience in the system or those who have dedicated their lives to criminal and civil justice change. She is also co-creating a coalition to bring funding to underrepresented founders by convening entrepreneurs and investors within the justice tech sector.
Jordan launched her career in the nonprofit space and currently serves on several boards and task forces that include community members, elected officials, and law enforcement to drive systemic change. She is committed to transformation that will bring equality to America by increasing access to opportunity and establishing social equity.
Jordan is a native of Chicago Heights, IL and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she holds degrees from Valdosta State University and Edgewood College. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She is also a TED speaker and her talk: 4 steps to hiring fairly - - and supporting criminal justice reform is available for viewing. Jordan and her husband Jerry reside in Madison and have two children Miles (23), Mattea (18) and a 1-year-old German Shepherd/Lab named Theo.
Jennifer L. Mnookin is the 30th leader of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a national expert on law, forensic science and evidence, and has deep experience as an innovative and talented administrator.
Prior to joining UW–Madison, Mnookin served as dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law. She first joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2005, she served as Vice Dean for Faculty and Research from 2007 to 2009, and Vice Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Intellectual Life in 2012–13. She became dean in 2015.She received her A.B. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in History and Social Study of Science and Technology from M.I.T.
At UCLA, Mnookin founded and was co-director of PULSE @ UCLA Law (the Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence), and her publications have focused on issues relating to forensic science, such as fingerprint identification, handwriting expertise and DNA evidence.
In 2020, Mnookin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
She served for six years on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law, and co-chaired a group of senior advisors for a President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on the use of forensic science in criminal courts.
From 2016–19, Mnookin served on the steering committee of the Association of American Law Schools’ Deans Forum. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2011.
Prior to joining UCLA Law, Chancellor Mnookin was professor of law and Barron F. Black Research Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., and raised in Berkeley and Palo Alto, Calif., Mnookin and her husband, political scientist Joshua Foa Dienstag, have two children, 19 and 22.
Nate serves as the Dodge County Community Development Administrator. In this role he is a resource to current and future Dodge County businesses, communities, and residents for the purpose of growing the Dodge County region in a positive manner. Community development services are varying, as Dodge County is spread across 900 square miles containing 43 communities that almost 90,000 people call home. During Nate’s 19 years at Dodge County, he has been involved in a wide variety of rural and urban activities that have proven to be successful and provide models for other communities to replicate. Areas of activities have included addressing broadband infrastructure deficiencies, balancing rural & urban community goals, leading manufacturing employer alliance, facilitate school district & employer activities, land use planning for cities/villages/towns, support city industrial expansion goals, facilitate business to business opportunities, recreational trail development, and leading county tourism activities. Nate holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from UW-Stevens Point, specializing in Regional Analysis and Community Development.
Joe Parisi has called Dane County home his entire life. He sought out public service as a way to give back to a community that has given so much to him. Joe was first elected as County Executive, the chief elected leader of Dane County, in 2011 after 6 years in the State Assembly and 8 years as Dane County Clerk. Joe’s priority is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the opportunity to succeed. He believes investing in people pays big dividends. Joe knows this can work because he experienced it.
Now Joe believes it is his turn to give back to ensure that our children’s generation has access to the same opportunities that were available to him. Joe and his wife, Erin Thornley Parisi, raised their two daughters on Madison’s east side. With a population of more than 500,000 and an annual county budget of $600 million, Dane is Wisconsin’s second largest county. Dane County has the highest private sector job and population growth in Wisconsin.
Dr. Tracy Pierner currently serves as the President of Blackhawk Technical College returning to his home state where he began his career in higher education. Before taking on his role at Blackhawk Technical College, Dr. Pierner served as Henry Ford College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs in Dearborn, MI, Aiken Technical College’s Dean of Technical Education in Aiken, S.C., instructor in Engineering Technology at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Field Support Engineer at Rockwell Automation in their Milwaukee, Mequon, Appleton, and Cleveland, Ohio, facilities. Other experiences include engineering consultation with the Research & Engineering arm of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Neenah, Wis., and serving in the Army Reserves. He holds a PhD in Technology Management - Manufacturing Systems from Indiana State University, a Master’s degree in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the 58th Mayor of Madison. She has extensive experience in local policy and practice, having worked with mayors across the country for over a decade, and serving three terms on the Madison Common Council. Elected in 2019, she is the city’s second female mayor and the first out LGBTQ person to serve as Mayor of Madison.
Chris is the Chief Financial Officer at Promega Corporation in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Promega is one of the largest privately held Life Science Research companies in the world with revenues over $600 million and approximately 1,900 employees in over 15 countries. Promega manufactures over 2,500 products used by scientists worldwide to advance their knowledge in life science research. Chris joined Promega in 2006 and has been involved in all aspects of finance and accounting. While with Promega, Chris taught the mergers and acquisitions course for four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the MBA program and was the President of the Board of Directors of Woods Hollow Children’s Center for four years. Prior to joining Promega, Chris worked for six years at Grant Thornton (public accounting firm) in Madison, Wisconsin. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelors and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jim Yehle is President & CEO of Findorff, a privately-held General Contractor based in Madison, WI, with additional offices serving the greater Milwaukee and greater Wausau areas. Findorff has been building for over 130 years and employs nearly 1,000 construction professionals and tradespeople. Jim has been with Findorff for 22-years, graduating from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Construction Management in 1999. Throughout his tenure at Findorff, Jim has managed iconic projects such as the Overture Center for the Arts, American Family Children's Hospital and UW Health at the American Center. Jim went on to develop and lead the company's Healthcare sector before matriculating to company leadership in 2012 as an Owner. In 2016 Jim transitioned to the role of Executive Vice President and on January 1, 2020 started his term as President & CEO. Jim is passionate about serving as a volunteer leader in the community. He currently serves as a Member of the Overture Center for the Arts Board of Directors, Member of The Center for Black Excellence and Culture Capital Campaign Committee, Past Chairman of the UW Department of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Advisory Board, and Member of the MadREP Board of Directors.