Scott coenen, executive director

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Scott Coenen is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum (WICEF), a non-profit organization that launched in fall 2017. As executive director Scott leads the effort to provide a voice for conservatives in the state’s energy policy debate, with a focus on advancing clean, reliable, affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency. A native of De Pere Wisconsin, Scott attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in International Business with a minor in Political Science. Scott’s public policy experience began as an intern in the Wisconsin State Capitol during the Act 10 protests.

Previously Scott worked in the State Capitol for State Senator Howard Marklein. In his five years working at the Capitol Scott gained valuable policy writing experience staffing the Senator on the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, responsible for crafting the State of Wisconsin’s biennial budget. He also spent time in the legislature clerking the Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues. In that capacity Scott has taken part in formulating, writing, and passing conservative policy solutions into law. In addition to policy work, Scott has worked and run campaigns across the state.

Selected as one of the 2019 recipients of Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 leaders in the clean energy economy, Scott is dedicated to educating and informing conservative leaders on an “all of the above” energy strategy that includes emerging clean technologies and advancing a conservative, pragmatic vision of a renewable energy future.

Brandon Scholz, Capitol Group LLC

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Brandon Scholz is a founding partner in The Capitol Group, a government and public affairs consulting firm located in Madison and has represented a wide variety of clients in the business sector since 2001.  He serves as the Executive Director of Wisconsin Small Businesses United as well as the Managing Partner of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association.

Scholz has served as the President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association since 1997.  He directs the statewide, member trade group representing the retail food and grocery industry.  He serves on the WGA’s Foundation Board of Governors, the National Grocers Association’s Government Relations Committee, is a Board Member and Past Chairman of the Food Industry Association Executives and a past member of the  NGA Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the WGA, he served as the Director of Public Affairs for Wisconsin Power & Light, one of Wisconsin's largest utilities.  Capping a 15-year career in local, state and national politics, Scholz served as a Congressional Chief of Staff directing both the Washington and Wisconsin offices.

His professional and civic involvement include serving on the boards of Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation, WisconsinEye, Hunting Works for Wisconsin and Advisory Board He has also served on Second Harvest of Wisconsin, Council on Public Utility Benefits, Digital Television Conversion, Wisconsin Tobacco Control Board, the Wisconsin State Elections Board, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Campaign Finance Reform, Friends of WHA-TV as well as numerous legislative committees and gubernatorial commissions.  He appears on a variety of television and radio shows as a political analyst and business industry spokesman.  Scholz has served as a volunteer in the White House Office of Presidential Advance for President George W. Bush.

Michelle kussow, capitol group llc

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Michelle Kussow is a partner with The Capitol Group, LLC and currently
serves as Vice President of Government Affairs & Communications for
the Wisconsin Grocers Association.

Prior to her employment with the Wisconsin Grocers Association and The Capitol Group, LLC, Kussow worked with the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce on the Wisconsin Business Network (WBN). WBN was a comprehensive legislative tracking service, and Kussow worked with lobbyists and associations to personalize the service to their individual needs.

Kussow has also spent time working within the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in the Bureau of Business Finance.  Kussow's legislative experience came from working in State Representative John Gard's office as a Legislative Aide. Kussow was responsible for responding to constituents concerns and working with the media. Also during this time, Kussow gained valuable political experience while working on the campaign of Cate Zeuske who ran for U.S. Senate against Herb Kohl. In 2009, Kussow was named as one of InBusiness magazines’ “40 under Forty” honorees. Kussow is a past president of Wisconsin Women in Government and was instrumental in raising more than $200,000 on their behalf. Kussow serves on numerous committees on behalf of the Wisconsin Grocers Association including the Retail Food Advisory Council and the Wisconsin Women, Infants & Children Committee. In the past, she was appointed by the Legislature to serve on a Legislative Council committee to address the School Calendar Issue.

Kussow is a 1992 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Platteville where she received a B.S. in Speech Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. Kussow and her husband, Matt, live in Madison with their two sons.