Renee Crawford

Many of the stories on my blog - - have been very personal in nature about the details of experiences I’ve had in the political world and my personal opinions on a wide variety of subjects. I’ve also had 4 articles posted on

Personal thoughts

A great majority of my life has been devoted to political activism. As a child I marched with my parents with Father Groppi in Milwaukee, for women’s rights, for civil equality and spoke on behalf of Children’s Outing Association and Harambee Community School to major donors. As a young teenager, I marched for Ernest Lacy, and as a college student, I participated in the sit-ins and built a shantytown at Cornell University for divestment in South Africa.

Below I’ve listed some of my volunteer efforts over the years and my professional resume follows highlighting my experience in organizing, activism, politics, information technology, writing, marketing, sales, and customer relations. I also have an intimate knowledge of the neighborhoods in the metro-Milwaukee area and their political tendencies from living, working and campaigning in them over the years.

Volunteer activities

Grassroots Northshore Co-founder/Member
Recognized a suburban group of Progressives and organized through Yahoo Groups and email a group of volunteers that helped the Wisconsin Victory 2004 campaign win Milwaukee’s Northshore suburbs. The group has now become one of the largest Progressive volunteer organizations in the Milwaukee Metro area.

Milwaukee Democracy for America Lead Organizer July 2004 to October 2004
Chosen by my peers in this all volunteer effort to be the Milwaukee Organizer of a group of 250+ members and 50 active members who are looking for opportunities to Take Back Our Country. Took a break due to conflict of interest with position in WI Victory 2004!

Howard Dean 5th CD Delegate to the Boston Democratic National Convention July 2004
Unanimously elected to the position, I traveled to Boston, participated fully in the Convention and voted with my party’s choice John Kerry. Also assisted negotiations with two fellow Dean Delegates to bring the WI delegation to a unanimous vote for John Kerry.

Matt Flynn for Congress
February 2004 to May 2004
Various volunteer activities including canvassing, “bodying” the candidate to various events, lit drops, phone banking, and website design with database work.

Dean For America
December 2003 to February 2004
Volunteer work including, phone banking, volunteer coordinating, literature drops, traveling to Dubuque, IA for caucuses, letter writing, developed high school student outreach program, public speaking, grassroots organizing (coffee house raids, peer motivation, phone calls to voters in other states, etc…), internet campaigning, GOTV, coordinating visibility events, and other miscellaneous projects. Asked by staff to introduce Governor Dean at the final campaign rally to a group of nearly 1000 people.

Get out the Vote Campaign
1984 to Present
In every major election, I have volunteered for the Democratic Party’s Get Out the Vote Campaign. Activities over the years have included: Driving members to polls, door to door literature drops, scheduling rides, election day canvassing, pre-election canvassing, mailing campaigns, restocking ballots at polling places on election day and many other miscellaneous activities. Campaigns included: Gore, Clinton (2 times), Dukakis, & Mondale in National races and many other local candidates.

American Diabetes Association
April 2002
Acquired approximately $8,000 in donated items for the Annual Gala Auction in two hours on the telephone. Coordinated the corporate table seating arrangements.

Win Without War Campaign - 2002–2004
Supported and spread the word about the campaign for a sane international solution to the Iraq Crisis. Delivered over 6,000 petitions to Congressman Sensenbrenner’s office along with 19 other activists. Attended events and recruited many others into the cause using both email and personal contact. Participated in many events including fundraising and the candlelight vigil prior to the Iraq War.

Louis Butler for Circuit Court of Milwaukee Judge
Co-host of a fundraising function Fall 2002

Professional career

May 2005 - Present
ACLU-WI & ACLU-WI Foundation
Milwaukee, WI
Associate Director
Office coordination ( including human resources, IT and Network management, fiscal management), Communications (including press releases, press conferences, newsletter, annual report, talk radio, and website design), Development (including grant writing, fundraising major event planning, annual campaign management, cultivation of donors, direct solicitations and membership development), Community Outreach (including volunteer coordination, building community partnerships, public education campaigns, teaching seminars, panel discussions, and building organizational visibility), legislative strategy and direct lobbying of politicians. Advocacy on many levels to advance civil liberties and civil rights in Wisconsin.

November 2004 - April 2005
SEIU Local 150
Milwaukee, WI
I extensively participated in winning two de-certification Elections with our local. Organizing methods included house visits, worked extensively on Union building through the COPE drives and membership building in shops. Also attended AFL-CIO Organizing Institute Training. Participated in a new organizing drive for a nursing home in Madison, WI.

September 2004 - November 2004
WI Victory 2004!
Milwaukee, WI
Canvass Coordinator/GOTV Coordinator
As Canvass Coordinator for the Milwaukee North Side office of the Democratic Coordinated Campaign, I built a team of 5 Team Leaders with 5 Paid Canvassers each who collected over 5,000 Absentee Ballots and contacted thousands of voters door to door. This was the largest number of Absentee Ballots ever collected by the WI Democratic Party during an Election cycle and the program was recreated in several states as it’s success became apparent Nationwide. Also, managed the volunteer Ward Leader program and built the Canvass Team to 90 Paid Canvassers. Successfully built a team that led to more votes on the North Side of Milwaukee than in any other election in Milwaukee history. Promotion to GOTV Coordinator in the last two weeks of the Election. Built an all-volunteer Milwaukee County-wide program that checked poll numbers in 305 Wards with 130 volunteers and 99%+ on-time reporting of voter counts throughout Election Day 2004.

May 2004 - September 2004
Matt Flynn for Congress 4th CD WI
Milwaukee, WI
Field Director/Web Developer/Northern Milwaukee Voter Outreach Coordinator

Built, cultivated and organized a volunteer organization of more than 400 volunteers using internet promotion/email. Outreach coordinator for the 4th CD Northern Districts. Personally canvassed, called and spoken with 1000’s of voters around the entire 4th CD. Responsible for the Canvass operation including coordinating locations, volunteers, maps and voter lists from the voter file. Coordinated support with Elected officials for Matt’s campaign.
Responsible for website development for the campaign including website updates and database coordination.

May 2003 - May 2006
Crawford & Crawford Insurance
Milwaukee, WI
Independent Insurance Intermediary Life and Health

December 2000 - May 2003
Data Processing Sciences Corp
Brookfield, WI
Information Analyst/Web Developer
Designed, built and maintaining a website for database information collection and manipulation using MS Access, FrontPage, HTML, VBScript & ASP for 150+ user network nationwide. Wrote computer programs using MS Visual Basic and MS Access for data collection from a customer base of 150 companies nationwide. Wrote & maintained monthly MS Excel/Access spreadsheet reports. Wrote and conducted computer training sessions for staff members on MS Office Software, Provided computer help desk support to an internal team of 10 users, Customer support in a variety of AT&T applications. Performed general office maintenance functions.

December 1995 - December 2000
Derco Aerospace, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI
Buyer-OEM Admin Specialist//Research-Structural Aircraft//Material Nonconformance Coordinator/Buyer of structural aircraft parts. Implemented an internal system to expedite vendor quotes from the Research Department that increased Government sales by $10 million/year. Wrote ISO 9002 procedures, work instructions, training manuals, and responsible for internal/external ISO audits. Solved Quality Nonconformance issues regarding rejected incoming aircraft parts internally/externally with suppliers. Developed tracking system to quarantine rejected parts during resolution. Developed strong vendor relations, trained new hires company-wide. Developed an internal/external CAR program. Liaison between various departments and the IT department on special projects.

June 1994 - December 1995
Embassy Suites Hotel
Brookfield, WI
Corporate Sales Executive
Sales and corporate account management inc. cold calling, creatively generating leads, goal management, marketing, telemarketing, reservations, front desk management, wrote proposals, contracts and closed sales.

December 1991 - June 1994
Bradley Center
Milwaukee, WI
Catering Manager
All aspects of 5 star catering for media, sports, entertainment, & banquets of up to 2000 people. Hired, trained, scheduled, planned, coordinated and supervised up to 200 employees.

Software skills

Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, `PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher), MS MapPoint, DNC Voter File, Windows XP/2000, Microsoft Visual C++/BASIC, Windows NT/2000, MS Front Page, MS VBScript, JavaScript, ASP, MS-DOS, WordPerfect, Lotus, QuickBooks, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Contribute & Fireworks, quickly proficient in new software

Last edited by TeganDowling. Based on work by Crawford and Olde Godsile.  Page last modified on July 14, 2006

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