ExpiredWork and Responses of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP)

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    September 24, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is a member association serving the statewide network of sixteen locally-controlled Community Action Agencies (CAA) and two single purpose agencies. Incorporated in 1974, WISCAP traces its origins to the “War on Poverty” and has throughout its history advocated for community-informed policies and greater resource mobilization for its member agencies and the people they serve. WISCAP functions as a policy review and advocacy forum, a public information network, a training facilitator, an information clearinghouse, and an administrative agency. WISCAP is committed to creating economic opportunity and supporting community-based solutions to poverty in Wisconsin.

Join us as we learn about the Community Action Network’s unique approach to addressing both the systemic causes of poverty while also providing immediate assistance to those experiencing it. To achieve this, the WISCAP network utilizes a combination of direct service, public-private partnerships, and advocacy to build comprehensive poverty-fighting programs, across the entire state of Wisconsin. Our talk will feature an introduction to the overall work of the statewide network with some particular attention to the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Among other responses, WISCAP member agencies have been helping to distribute emergency assistance to households under the Governor’s $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP).


Brad Paul is the Executive Director of WISCAP. To this position he brings more than twenty years of local, national, and international experience developing partnerships and managing policy related to issues of land, labor, housing and poverty reduction. Brad has long been active in national anti-poverty and homelessness policy, serving as the Director of Public Policy at the National Coalition for the Homeless and as Executive Director of the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness. His writings on housing, human rights, and labor have appeared in such publications as Clearinghouse Review, Ms. Magazine, and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History. He is also the primary author of the 2003 Bringing America Home Act, comprehensive federal anti-poverty legislation introduced in the 108th Congress. Prior to joining WISCAP, Brad worked in the field of international development for Technoserve Mozambique and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In this role, he served as liaison to the Government of Mozambique, USAID, USDA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Irish Aid, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He also created and managed TechnoServe’s cooperative agreement with the Magellan MBA program at the Porto Business School (Porto, Portugal). Brad earned his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where his research focused on 19th and 20th century U.S. Labor, and comparative labor and industrialization in South Africa and the American South. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Brad has also worked for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Metro Atlanta Fair Housing.

Hetti Brown is the Executive Director of Couleecap, Inc., a Community Action Program in Western Wisconsin, and a passionate advocate for the underserved in our community.  In her role, she oversees more than 20 programs and 50 federal, state, and private grants to address the causes and conditions of poverty. Hetti also serves as vice chair of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) and as member on the Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center board of directors, the State Treasurer’s Homeownership Task Force, and various other community boards and committees. Before joining Couleecap, Hetti worked as the Executive Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare, State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, and Marketing Manager for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.  Hetti lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin with her family – her partner Terry, Lily the dog, and Clara the cat.

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