Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Urban Alliance. He also serves as the Secretary of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance board of directors and is an ex officio member of the board of the Local Government Institute. Working with the League board and eight-person staff, Jerry is responsible for engaging the League’s membership in the state legislative process and for motivating state policymakers to support vibrant Wisconsin communities. He is the fifth League Executive Director in 116 years. Deschane spent 20 years with the Wisconsin Builders Association and also has experience in state government and the news media. Contact Jerry by email. You can also find Jerry on Twitter @DeschaneJerry
Curt manages the League's lobbying program, representing the League before the Legislature, the Governor’s office, and state agencies. He writes the Legislative Bulletin and Capitol Buzz newsletters, organizes legislative material and the Budgeting Toolkit for the League's web page, and answers questions from the media and members about legislation that the League is following. Additionally, he helps plan League conferences and meetings. Curt joined the League staff as assistant legal counsel in 1987. Before becoming Assistant Director, Curt served as the League’s Legal Counsel for eight years. Contact Curt by email.
Claire Silverman is Legal Counsel for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Claire’s responsibilities include supervising the legal services provided by the League, answering questions of a general nature for officials and employees of member municipalities, writing legal articles for the League’s magazine and amicus briefs in appellate cases involving issues of statewide concern to municipalities, organizing an annual institute for municipal attorneys, and educating local officials on a variety of topics pertaining to their duties. In addition, she coordinates legal material for the League's web page. Claire joined the League staff in 1992. Contact Claire by email.
Assistant Legal Counsel
Maria provides legal assistance to municipal attorneys and officials through telephone inquiries, written opinions and briefs, workshop presentations and published articles. She also assists in writing League handbooks and planning the Municipal Attorney's Institute. Maria joined the League staff in 2018. Contact Maria by email.
Member Engagement and Communications Director
Gail Sumi is the League's Member Engagement and Communications Director. She works with League members and staff to strengthen member involvement, provide strategic direction for and implement the League's communications plan, manage outreach and connect with partners. She also manages the League's social media including Facebook, Twitter @LeagueWIMunis, LinkedIn and YouTube and is responsible for other strategic communications and publications including the magazine content and coordination of the web. She joined the League after a 20+ career as a lobbyist. Contact Gail by email.
Carrie Jensen is the League's Event Manager. She is responsible for planning and coordinating League training programs and meetings. She works with the various League Sections, such as the Clerks, Assessors and the Building Inspectors, to develop their programs.
Her duties include negotiating contracts with hotels, restaurants, and guest speakers and handling the financial administration of all meetings. Carrie joined the League staff in 2015. Contact Carrie by email.
Director of Marketing & Administration
Robin administers the League's database, maintaining and updating records as well as designing and generating database reports. He provides information for mailing of various League publications, training program notices and is responsible for the sale of various mailing lists from the League's database. In addition, Robin manages the League's office assisting staff as needed and coordinating with the League’s IT consultant on technology related issues. Robin joined the League in 2016 after a career in law enforcement and the fire service. Contact Robin by email.
Lori is often the first point of contact for municipality members. Her responsibilities are diverse and include answering inquiries, routing legal questions, maintaining publication orders, conducting research on various topics, updating social media, maintaining the ordinance library, overseeing daily office procedures and managing the office. In addition, Lori updates the League website and administers the Classified section. She also manages special projects and provides support to all League staff and League conferences. Lori joined the League in 2016. Contact Lori by email.