Maxine has been employed at the ACLU of Wisconsin since 2018
"Service to others and those who are underserved, in particular, is at the core of who I am. I was introduced to the field of philanthropy as an AmeriCorps member and discovered early on that serving in this capacity, and assisting others with investing in causes they care about is truly rewarding & integral in determining the longevity of an organization. Being a woman of color, in a same-sex marriage, the work that ACLU does is close to my heart."
One of Maxine's favorite quotes 'I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.' [Maya Angelou], has led her to the passion of this is work that impacts people directly, and she’s honored to share the mission to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties of all.
In Maxine's role as Development Director, she leads the revenue generation strategy for the statewide Annual & Major Gifts programs and represents the ACLU in the community. Maxine understands the urgency of the ACLU's work and shares the importance of the work with donors. Maxine prepares and positions the Executive Director and other staff members to build donor relationships and solicit major gifts, supervises our Development staff, and supports fundraising efforts by our Board of Directors.
Prior to coming to the ACLU of Wisconsin, Maxine worked for organizations including the Girl Scouts, Trees Forever, and the American Lung Association. While Maxine is particularly interested in Racial Justice, Voting Rights, and Youth Rights & Equal Education, she is also passionate about all of the issues that the ACLU of Wisconsin works on which include:
- Freedom of Religion
- Freedom of Speech
- Immigrants' Rights
- LBGT Rights
- Police, Prison, Criminal Law Reform
- Privacy, Technology, and Liberty
- Racial Justice
- Reproductive Freedom
Maxine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from UW-Milwaukee. She is a member of various national professional organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Photo Credit: Barbara Miner