University of Wisconsin–Madison

DreamUp Wisconsin Proposal Review Committee Members

The DreamUp WI Proposal Review Committee is charged with reviewing & selecting the top 5 proposals that could help 10,000 Dane County families increase their net income by 10% by 2020.

Meet the Committee Facilitator

Annette Miller

DreamUp Review Committee Facilitator & convener
EQT By Design, LLC

Annette Miller is the DreamUp Review Committee facilitator and convener. As CEO and founder of EQT By Design, LLC, Miller’s passion is ensuring inclusion and engagement are front and center in her work. She brings 25 years of strong professional policy and analytic skills, and a wide network of community, government, and business relationships, especially with Dane County’s diverse populations. Miller previously worked for Madison Gas & Electric as the Emerging Markets and Community Development Director, where she built partnerships in energy, sustainability, and inclusion of their emerging customer markets. Formerly, she was an aide to the City of Madison Mayor.

Review Committee Members

Rich Halverson

School of Education
University of Wisconsin–Madison

As Associate Dean of Innovation at the School of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Halverson researches the practical wisdom of school leaders with distributed leadership and how digital media tools change education. He is a faculty affiliate in the Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction Departments and a fellow at the WI Institute for Discovery.

Janel Heinrich

Public Health Madison & Dane County

As Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County, Heinrich is responsible for assuring the health and well-being of Dane County residents are prioritized. To achieve this, she emphasizes health and racial equity as a foundational element of the Department’s work. Prior to joining PHMDC, Heinrich conducted research and managed public health programs on the California-Mexico border and in Chicago.

Forbes McIntosh

Government Policy Solutions

McIntosh is President of Government Policy Solutions, a Wisconsin based government relations\lobbying firm with 20+ years experience at all levels of government. He represents corporate and professional association interests, including the Dane County Cities’ & Villages’ Association. McIntosh has also served on several non-profit boards with a focus on improving economic development and employment opportunity.

Jennifer L. Noyes

Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Noyes, Vice Provost for Academic Operations in the UW–Madison Office of the Provost, focuses on administrative, operational, financial, and curricular matters under the Provost’s direction, including coordination and augmentation of operational efficiencies of school and college interactions and communications with the Provost’s Office. She is a distinguished researcher with, and former associate director of, the UW–Madison Institute for Research on Poverty. Previously, she was Associate Dean for Operations and Staff in the UW–Madison College of Letters & Science, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute Welfare Policy Center, and helped lead several WI state agencies.

Leslie Orrantia

City of Madison

Orrantia, Deputy Mayor for the City of Madison, oversees economic development, public health and transportation activities. She is the former University of Wisconsin–Madison Director of Community Relations on behalf of Chancellor Blank. She facilitated meaningful collaborations between campus and community to expand institutional access and community engaged scholarship. Her background includes public relations, business administration, marketing, and communications.

Eugenia Podestá

Synergy CoWorking Space

Podestá, owner of Synergy CoWorking Space, facilitates strategic relationships and coaches entrepreneurs and professionals, especially women and people of color. She has 20+ years of nonprofit and international development experience. Podestá is also a senior director of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, DC.

Parmesh Ramanathan

University of Wisconsin–Madison

As Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Ramanathan oversees admissions, academic services, program planning and assessment, and data analytics. He serves on the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education leadership teams. He is also a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Alexzandra (Alex) Shade

CUNA Mutual Group

Alexzandra (Alex) Shade, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at CUNA Mutual Group, is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of the company’s CSR programs and initiatives, as well as, the CUNA Mutual Foundation portfolio and investment strategy. Previously, as Executive Director of the NWFCU Foundation at Northwest Federal Credit Union, she led Aspire Higher, an initiative to connect students with opportunities to visit colleges and universities and launched an innovation enabling members and ATM users to donate to the NWFCU Foundation through the credit union’s website, digital apps, and ATM machines. Prior to her time at NWFCU, Alex was the National Director of Strategic Alliances for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Director of Development for the Mentor Foundation, and Chief Partnership Officer for the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also spearheaded grassroots efforts for large-donor fundraising campaigns and was part of the AmeriCorps Downriver Cares Programs.

Wes Sparkman

Dane County Grigsby Office For Equity & Inclusion

Sparkman, the Director of the Grigsby Office For Equity & Inclusion, brings experience in equal employment opportunity and public administration. He serves on the YMCA board and in the Madison Network of Black Professionals. He is on the Dane County Business Opportunity Forum and is Vice President of the Madison Rotary Foundation. Previously, he served on the Madison Police and Fire Commission for 10 years.

Karen Timberlake

Michael Best Strategies LLC

Timberlake, a Principal at Michael Best Strategies LLC, helps clients develop shared value business strategy and supports initiatives in health care transformation. Previously, she directed the UW Population Health Institute at the School of Medicine and Public Health. She also was WI Department of Health Services secretary and Office of State Employment Relations director.