Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele surprised Fair Wisconsin, the state’s LGBT advocacy group, with a $10,000 holiday gift. The donation brings the total amount that Abele has given the organization this year to more than $185,000.
Abele presented the check at a Dec. 19 event to introduce Auston McLain, FW’s new southeastern Wisconsin regional program manager. Based in Milwaukee, McLain will coordinate political advocacy and grassroots pro-equality efforts in the state’s most populous region.
McLain’s hiring fills a vacancy that was created when FW merged earlier this year with Milwaukee-based Equality Wisconsin. Abele’s donations went largely to support the merger, which was designed to enhance the efficiency of local and statewide LGBT advocacy efforts.
McLain, a native of Rock Island, Ill., has a solid history of grassroots political and advocacy work, beginning with helping to organize gay-straight alliances for GLSEN in the Midwest.
McLain managed 2,300 volunteers at the LGBT Community Center in New York City before going on to manage the volunteer program at Mentoring USA, which included a program for LGBT youth living in foster care.