Megin McDonell
Executive Director

Megin McDonell

Megin McDonell has over two decades of management experience working in nonprofits, including grant writing, media and communications, program development and implementation, and financial management. Before joining Fair Wisconsin in 2011, she was the Program Director at the Tenant Resource Center in Madison for fourteen years. She has been active in local politics and elections, including serving for eleven years on the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission and working on numerous aldermanic, county board, assembly and congressional campaigns. Megin also previously served as President of the Social Justice Center Board of Directors and Chair of the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Board of Directors.  She lives in Madison with her husband and two teenaged children.

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Accountant

Marilyn Beckman

Marilyn Beckman is a proud union retiree who brings decades of accounting expertise to Fair Wisconsin, ensuring that every dollar in or out effectively powers our work toward LGBTQ equality.

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Advocacy and Organizing Strategist

Sean O'Brien

Sean O’Brien joined Fair Wisconsin in October of 2020 as the GOTV Coordinator. He first became active in Wisconsin politics during the 2011 Act 10 uprising and the subsequent campaign to recall Governor Walker 2012. In 2016 he worked with For Our Future, and interned for State Representative Chris Taylor. Sean interned for Governor Evers, serving for a year as an intern on his campaign and moving to the Governor’s office to serve as an Appointments Intern. Sean was active on the Edgewood College Campus; as a founding voice for the Queer Student Center, the President of Edgewood SAFE, the Vice-President of the Edgewood College Democrats, and Vice president the Edgewood Pre-Law Society.

Sean graduated from Madison East High School in 2016. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edgewood College in 2020 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Photography.

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Communications and Development Manager

Rae Sowards

Rae Sowards brings her experience in nonprofit communications and development to a full time position shared collaboratively by Fair Wisconsin and GSAFE. Rae has an MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Rae was born and raised in Dundalk, a working class port town located outside the city limits of Baltimore, and moved to Wisconsin in 2009.