Staff Biographies

February 23, 2015

Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

Matthew Rothschild is the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Prior to joining the Democracy Campaign at the start of 2015, Matt worked at The Progressive magazine for 32 years. For most of those, he was the editor and publisher of The Progressive.

While there, he wrote a book entitled You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression. And he edited an anthology called Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009.

His opinion pieces have run in the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, the Miami Herald and a host of other newspapers.

And he’s appeared on Nightline, NPR, C-SPAN, and the O’Reilly Factor, which he says was an act of masochism.

If you live in Wisconsin, you may have heard him on radio on The Mic 92.1 or on the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio or you may have seen him on WISC-TV with Neil Heinen.

His first job out of college was working for Ralph Nader at a publication called Multinational Monitor.

A birdwatcher, he lives, with his wife Jean, in the Town of Dunn.

Beverly Speer, Outreach and Advocacy Director

Beverly SpeerBeverly Speer is Outreach and Advocacy Director.

She has been with the organization since August 2003.

She has an M.P.A. in Public Administration with an emphasis in land resources management from the UW-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Political Science from DePauw University in Indiana.

Beverly worked for the nonpartisan political organization, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, for 6 years as an administrator and executive director.

She chairs the Dane County Solid Waste and Recycling Commission and was one of two citizen members of the 2011 Dane County Redistricting Subcommittee.

Michael Buelow, Research Director

Michael Buelow

Michael Buelow was an Associated Press reporter in Madison for 16 years before becoming research director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign in 1999.  He is also a member of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.