Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin. Working with the League board and eight-person staff, Jerry is responsible for engaging appointed and elected city and village officials 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. Des-chane is a longtime lobbyist and association executive. He also has experience in state govern-ment and the news media. Contact Jerry by email. You can 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 is responsible for all things sponsor and advertiser related for all League publications and conferences. He also is responsible for the League’s Business Member program and is the liaison for the participating organizations. Robin administers the League's database, maintains and updates records, designs and generates database reports and calculates the League dues for all members. He provides information for the mailing of various League publications and training program notices, and is responsible for the sale of various mailing lists from the League's database. In addition, Robin manages office vendors and coordinates IT services. Robin joined the League in 2016 after a career in law enforcement and the fire service. Contact Robin by email.
Jill is often the first point of contact for municipality members. She tends to all incoming general inquiries and mail, routes legal questions, and maintains publication orders as well as facilitates outgoing correspondence and mail merges. Jill also provides general office support to all League staff and League conferences. She comes to the League from across Lake Monona where she lives with her family and enjoys actively volunteering for the Monona Grove School District as well as Monona's Community Radio Station: 98.7 FM, WVMO... the Voice of Monona! Contact Jill by email.