Wendy Li
PEC co-chair
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Contact: wendy@taa-madison.org

Wendy is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. Prior to attending UW–Madison, she served as a Special Assistant and Policy Advisor at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.


Karl Locher
PEC co-chair
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Contact: karl@taa-madison.org

Karl is a second year graduate student in the School of Social Work and recently joined the TAA.  Prior to moving to Madison he lived in the the Bay Area of California and worked as a cook in Oakland.




Jess Mullen
PEC treasurer
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Jess is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Jess has been a member of the TAA for five years, and this is his fourth year on PEC leadership.

Prior to graduate school, Jess taught high school band and music classes in Chicago, Illinois where he was a proud member of the Chicago Teachers’ Union.



Ben Bruce
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Ben is a third-year PhD student in math.  He grew up in Midland, MI and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN as an undergraduate.  New to political work, Ben thinks supporting the efforts of PEC is a great opportunity to learn, promote progressive causes, and become more active in his union.





JCarlsonJake Carlson
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Jake is a fifth-year in Sociology. He has been a member of TAA since 2013, and PEC since it rebooted in late 2014. Before coming to Madison, he worked with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Jake likes to procrastinate by endlessly experimenting with new productivity apps.




Molly Clark Barol
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Molly is doing a Joint degree in Human Ecology and Sociology. Before coming back to graduate school, she lived and worked for a couple of years each in Nepal, Liberia, and Nigeria.




Walker Khan
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Walker is a fifth-year student in the Law & Sociology joint graduate degree program. He has been a member of TAA since 2013. Before coming to Madison, he worked for The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He currently works at the COWS, a progressive research institute, and is the policy coordinator for Our Wisconsin Revolution.



Alleta Maier
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Alleta is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in High Energy Particle Physics. A genderqueer, first-generation college/university student and an aspiring professor they are passionate about bringing an intersectional, anti-oppression framework to their work with the academy. They keep active in politics through volunteer opportunities, protests and advocacy work and they are excited to bring their passion to the PEC.






Sophia Rogers
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Sophia is a fourth-year law and policy student at the Law School and the La Follette School of Public Affairs.  She grew up in Madison and attended Barnard College of Columbia University in New York.  Sophia’s organizing experience includes a year fundraising door-to-door at Working Families Party and managing a Madison alder’s reelection campaign.





Liz Scheer
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Liz is a PhD candidate in the English Department, focusing on Romantic-era literature. She is using her dissertation to ask why literature matters as a tool for socio-political repair. Her work with PEC confirms her belief that art and politics are vitally related. She is from Western Massachusetts.



Sara Trongone
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Sara is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. Before coming to Madison, she did organizing and community-based campaign work in NYC. She loves Wisconsin but misses the NYC subway—even the subway rats.