Madison365 Week in Review for July 2

Here are our most popular stories of the week, brought to you by the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County’s White Party, featuring Gladys Knight, Dru Hill and much more July 16!. We published our third annual list of the state’s most influential Asian American leaders. and...
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Wisconsin’s Most Influential Asian American Leaders 2022

Every year since our founding in 2015, we have recognized Wisconsin’s most influential Black and Latino leaders, and we were very proud in 2020 to also begin to recognize Indigenous and Asian American leaders. These lists have become the most anticipated thing we do. Every year, I’ve intended these lists to highlight the beauty of the diversity across our state. I want kids here in Wisconsin to see role models of people who are succeeding, to know that it’s possible for people of color to achieve great things here.
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Forward Community Investments awards $250,000 in Health Equity Grants

Forward Community Investments (FCI), a community development financial institution that serves as an investor, connector, and advisor for many organizations and initiatives, has successfully completed its first round of funding for its 2022 Health Equity Grant Fund, awarding 10 organizations with $25,000 each. Registered through the Department of Treasury as...

Wisconsin’s 35 Most Influential Asian American Leaders, Part 5

This is the fifth in a five-part series. Part one is here, part two is here, part three is here and part four is here. is a partner at Nation Consulting and a communications, government relations, advocacy and nonprofit management professional. He is a frequently utilized source for political and business reporters, and was named a “Behind the Scenes Power Player” by Gannett Media and one of the nation’s 500 top “Influencers” by Campaigns & Elections magazine. He currently serves as director of the Fair Elections Project, as campaigns advisor to the Economic Security Project, as a strategic communications advisor to the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, and as senior advisor to Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee. Sachin also oversaw winning campaigns for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly, and then-Superintendent Tony Evers, as well as dozens of local judges, aldermen, school board members and others. He previously served as a consultant to SEIU, as director of the Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition and Wisconsin Stem Cell Now, as deputy director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and as Outreach Director for the film As Goes Janesville, among many other clients. Prior to coming to Nation Consulting in 2006, Sachin spent five years as an aide to Governor Jim Doyle. Sachin is active in nonprofit leadership, having served two terms as Chair of the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice America. He currently serves as a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and as Wisconsin State Director for South Asians for America. He previously served as an officer of the Wisconsin Coalition of Asian Indian Organizations and is Chairman Emeritus of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County. Sachin attended both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Madison.

Black Men Coalition of Dane County kicks off little league season

As professional baseball sees an all-time low of Black athletes at the top levels of competition, Black Men Coalition of Dane County (BMCDC) is providing a fresh outlook and fresh opportunity for young baseball players. Corey Marionneaux, founder of BMCDC, was at the helm of BMCDC’s event at Elver Park this past Saturday as volunteers looked to provide resources, coach introductions, and practice time with their future teammates for over 200 kids.

It’s Only 10 Minutes: July 1

The Black Men’s Coalition of Dane County’s youth baseball program got underway over the weekend, Forward Community Investments announced this year’s Heatlh Equity Grants, and COVID stats remain steady.

Lisa Berry named head of school for Woodland Montessori

Lisa Berry has been named the permanent head of school for Woodland Montessori in Madison. Berry, who was the first-ever Black lead teacher at the school, is now the first Black leader of the school in its more than 50-year history. “One of the things that was exciting for me...

Wisconsin’s 35 Most Influential Asian American Leaders, Part 4

This is the fourth in a five-part series. Part one is here, part two is here and part three is here. is a virologist in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences in the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, and one of the world’s leading authorities on influenza and Ebola viruses. Born in Kobe, Japan, he also holds a professorship at the University of Tokyo. Following the West African Ebola virus epidemic of 2014, Kawaoka began development of an Ebola vaccine. He has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including the Robert Koch Prize, Japan’s Medal of Honor, Membership in the United States National Academy of Sciences, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology, Japan Academy Prize and Sir Michael Stoker Prize.

It’s Only 10 Minutes: June 30

Artist Lilada Gee’s exhibit at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was vandalized, and the museum’s response leaves something to be the desired. Dave Dahmer joins the show today to discuss his reporting of the incident. Plus, reporter Luis Acosta joins to discuss American Players Theater’s upcoming season and commitment to diversity.

Wisconsin’s 35 Most Influential Asian American Leaders, Part 3

This is the third in a five-part series. Part one is here and part two is here. a Chinese American professional in Milwaukee, is marketing and communications officer at the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department, managing public information, media relations and community relations for the state’s largest public health department. She stepped into that role in the spring of 2021, in the midst of the pandemic, as the latest chapter in a career in strategic communications that goes back over 10 years. Most recently, she spent more than four years doing communications for VISIT Milwaukee and several other years working for marketing agencies. She earned a degree in public relations and theatre arts from Marquette University in 2010.

American Players Theater looks to embrace diversity, expand “the canon”

For American Players Theater, strong storytelling, no matter who is telling it, deserves to be heard. The space between language and those who choose to listen is a sacred place, where truth and reflection allows for a clear path towards understanding a perspective other than your own. That space is becoming more confined and personal for this small, esteemed classical theater company, located in the wooded hills of Spring Green, Wisconsin. This summer season, APT will continue its goal in redefining the term “classical” through two refreshing plays, The River Bride and The Brothers Size. Those who wish to hear their echoes repeated back to them from Wisconsin’s deep forest will be able to; for others, these plays may help redefine what it means to be a friend in the woods.

It’s Only 10 Minutes: June 29

Madison365 editor-in-chief Dave Dahmer joins us today to remember Wayne Strong, the longtime community leader who passed away suddenly last week. You can read his full remembrance here.