Allison comes to us with deep experience in organization leadership and nonprofit management and a lifelong passion for the work we do. She currently works as the CEO at Effectability, LLC, where she helps leaders, teams and organizations reach higher levels of success. As part of that work, she helps non-profit organizations focus on their strategic priorities.
A Wisconsin native, Allison obtained her undergraduate degree at UW-Eau Claire and her master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota. Over her career, she has founded two successful business consulting organizations and spent 15 years at two Fortune 500 organizations in leadership and senior leadership advisory positions. She has been involved in community service her entire life, serving on several non-profit boards and committees whose work is focused on leveling the playing field for people in her community, primarily women. She has a special interest in women’s entrepreneurship and coaches women entrepreneurs with Madison based Doyenne Group and through her work at Effectability. She also teaches negotiation, communication and leadership courses designed specifically for women.
Outside of her organizational roles, Allison enjoys hiking, biking, playing Ultimate Frisbee and experiencing all the music and food Madison has to offer with her family and friends.
Board of Directors
Tom Eggert, Founder; President of the Board
Tom is the President of the Board of Wisconsin Microfinance and a professor at the University of Wisconsin. Tom has been at the forefront of business and sustainability for the last twenty years, both teaching classes in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin, and founding and serving as the Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. He has written and spoken extensively on the changing role of business in society, the power of microfinance, and on how the private sector can lead in responding to a resource constrained world. Tom holds a law degree from George Washington University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Lafollette Institute, and, prior to law school, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.
Paul Ohlrogge has been involved in community development and international work for 35 years. He is the County Director for UW-Extension in Iowa County and an Associate Professor of Community Resource Development. Prior to coming to UWEX Paul was in the Peace Corps for 4 years and then followed with 6 more years in the Philippines working with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – working with the resettlement of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Hmong refugees. Paul has also worked on short term assignments in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda and Haiti.Paul graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a degree in Communications and Theology and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Scott Andersen is the director of stakeholder stewardship at Artisan Dental in Madison and brings with him a background in community organization and global health. An active member of the Madison service community, Scott volunteers as a coach, teacher, and a member of numerous civic boards.
Jane is a former Wisconsin Microfinance executive director and UW-Madison graduate with degrees in Operations and Technology Management and Environmental Studies. A cornerstone of the organization, Jane is a tireless advocate for change whose experience with Wisconsin Microfinance makes her an invaluable member of the board.
Rina is a mortgage loan officer at Summit Credit Union with special interests in microfinance and Philippines development. An executive advisor of the Madison-Philipines neighborhood organization PAMANA, Rina brings regional experience in community development to our organization.
Karen is a Wisconsin-native who recently joined us, bringing years of event planning and client service experience to the organization. Her undergraduate research project at UW-La Crosse focused on the global economic empowerment of women so our work is particularly relevant to her. Karen is currently a client services associate at Edelman Financial Engines in Madison. She has already made an impact on the organization, working with our partners to plan the 2020 Gala and another upcoming event
John Locke is a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner with Cornerstone Wealth Management and LPL Financial helping families achieve their financial goals. Outside of work, John enjoys volunteering as a member of the Rotary Club of Madison After Hours and strongly believes in Service Above Self. John Locke attended UW-Madison and graduated with a degree in Economics and a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. In his free time, you can find him traveling, playing various sports or watching the Badgers.
LeeAnn is the Real Estate and Workplace Solutions Director and one of the founders of sustainability at American Family Insurance. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison, a Master’s in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from Edgewood College. In 2013 she was the recipient of the InBusiness magazine Sustainability Visionary of the Year. LeeAnn has served on the Board of the Wisconsin Sustainability Business Council and was a Fellow for the Nelson Institute in 2012.
Alex brings her passion for women's issues, empowerment, and budgeting to the board. She is currently a Banker at Associated Bank and she will bring her financial savvy and great energy to our finance team.
JD is a senior wealth advisor at Bronfman Rothschild who leads the firm's community outreach, heading their employee giving fund and supporting countless local charities and non-profits. In his free time, JD enjoys volunteering, traveling and is an avid outdoorsman.
Mark is a senior fellow at the UW Madison School of Education with passions in international relations and global health systems.
Julian Gary, Accounting and Development Assistant
Julian is a student with a keen interest in business and finance. At Wisconsin Microfinance, Julian is the accounting assistant, helping to coordinate and supervise accounts. In addition to volunteering at Wisconsin Microfinance, Julian has volunteered teaching youth sailing and youth tennis. Julian has an interest in accounting and looks forward to a future helping financially underserved individuals gain access to the capital needed for successful business ventures.