Christopher Chambers is editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Academy’s quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture. He is the former editor of Black Warrior Review, New Orleans Review, and is founding editor of Midwest Review.
Wisconsin Academy Staff
Jody Clowes has been director of the Academy's James Watrous Gallery since 2014. She is also the arts editor for Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. Jody has spent her career developing and curating exhibits, designing public programs, and writing about art, including senior positions at Milwaukee Art Museum, Detroit's Pewabic Pottery, and the UW-Madison's Design Gallery.
Lizzie is the Environmental Initiatives Director at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters. Lizzie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and received her degree in biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her master’s degree at University of Minnesota. She has a strong background in ornithological field studies and her master’s project focused on diversity and abundance of Neotropical migrant songbirds at urban stopover sites.
Jessica James is the Academy’s Climate Initiatives Coordinator. In her studies at the University of Minnesota, Jessica worked in a number of event coordination roles including as a Communication and Event Assistant at the Institute on the Environment in Minneapolis.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Environmental Sciences, Jessica joined the Wisconsin Academy in the Climate and Energy Program.
Joe Lyons is the Donor Relations Coordinator for the Wisconsin Academy. His “Jack of Many Trades” career has taken him from working for a Major League Baseball team to a dinner theatre, an optical retail center, a telecommunications firm, and an agronomy lab before joining the Academy.
Erika Monroe-Kane is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. In a range of professional settings, Monroe-Kane has distinguished herself as an innovator, collaborator, and strategic-thinker. She has previously held leadership positions at national, state, and local organizations such as the National Center on Media Engagement, Wisconsin Department of Justice, United Way of Dane County, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Matt Rezin is the Operations Manager for Wisconsin Academy. Matt uses his varied experience in nonprofit administration to provide technical and logistics support across the organization.
Zack is the Director Development at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and brings 30-years of development, corporate relations and networking experience to the role. While Zack was born in Washington, DC and met his wife, Laila there, he grew up in New England and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bates College and Master’s degree in Management from the University of Maryland.
Sallie Anna Steiner is the Events and Communications Manager at the Wisconsin Academy. She holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where her research focused on community engagement through and with craft, particularly in the context of migration and resettlement in immigrant and refugee communities.
Wisconsin Academy Offices
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25