Lonnie is a leading progressive communicator, with extensive legislative, advocacy, non-profit and public policy experience.
Prior to joining Progress Michigan, Lonnie served as State Director for Enroll America, a national non-profit working to educate people about the new healthcare options made available by the Affordable Care Act. Prior to working for Enroll America, Lonnie served as Communications Director for Know Your Care/Protect Your Care. He previously served as a chief staffer for State Reps. Alma Wheeler Smith and Jeff Irwin.
Lonnie graduated from Central Michigan University (FIRE UP CHIPS!). He lives in Ypsilanti Township with his wife, Heather; son, Landyn; daughter, Madison; and their dogs, Brewer and Phoenix.
Hugh Madden is a lifelong Michigander. Before joining Progress Michigan, Hugh worked in Government Affairs for SEIU Healthcare Michigan and served on the staff of then Representative Hoon-Yung Hopgood in the Michigan legislature.
Hugh has worked on a wide variety of issues including healthcare, transportation, as well as numerous issues related to seniors and persons with disabilities. He believes that issues are best dealt with by empowering those affected by policy decisions to be involved in the process.
Hugh graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies. He lives in the Downriver area with his wife and two children. Fun fact:Hugh is a supporter of Le Rouge, also known as Detroit City Football Club. You can find Hugh and his daughter at most games chanting and cheering on the Rouge and Gold.
Sam Inglot, Communications Specialist
Sam Inglot is a Michigan native. Sam worked as a journalist in Lansing for several years before joining Progress Michigan. He has written for Lansing City Pulse, MIRS, Michigan Messenger, Capital News Service and SpartanEdge. During his reporting career, Sam won awards for reporting and photojournalism from the Michigan Press Association.
Sam is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public affairs reporting. He also has a specialization in Peace & Justice Studies. Sam served as the public relations coordinator for the MSU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Sam is focused on pushing progressive ideas and combating the far-right’s agenda in Michigan.
Kim Hunter, Social Justice Coordinator
Kim is a life-long Detroiter whose media work began behind the camera of various Detroit TV stations. He did a stint as host/producer of a multicultural music program on WDET – FM and began media support for nonprofits in the 90s, including promoting free concerts for the City of Detroit’s Chene Park and the plays of Matrix Theatre Company. Kim served as Media Team Leader for the Detroit Region of the US Census Bureau for the 2000 and 2010 Census efforts. As such, he led a three-state team of media professionals educating residents about the benefits of completing and mailing the census form. Kim writes creatively, having authored many music reviews and cultural articles for periodicals and two books of poetry. His short fiction earned him a 2012 Kresge Arts Literary Fellowship. He serves on the Board of the Detroit Waldorf School and co-directs the decade-old Woodward Line Poetry Series at the Scarab Club in Detroit featuring nationally renowned writers from Michigan and across the country.
Marissa Luna, New Media Specialist
Marissa was born and raised in Michigan and is a Michigan State University alumna. She has worked in non-profit communications for 3 years. Marissa began working as a New Media Specialist at Progress Michigan in 2013. She has trained hundreds of activists, volunteers, and leaders across the state in everything from campaign narratives to writing press releases. Marissa is currently leading the effort to develop Michigan’s first state-based progressive narrative, along with managing communications for a variety of coalitions working on issues including women’s equality, environmental protections and climate change, expanding access to voting rights, and the state budget.
Prior to joining Progress Michigan she did communications work for Michigan Clean Water Action in which she helped established the organization’s first Communications Coordinator position to oversee statewide communications. At Clean Water Action, Marissa was a key member of the team that coordinated a 3-month national phone, field, and online campaign that generated the highest number of online actions from a single campaign in organization history.
In her spare time Marissa enjoys reading, biking, riding on trains, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with her family and cat named Mama Lou.
Matt Kovac, Digital Media Coordinator
Matt Kovac is a digital media professional from Chicago. Prior to joining Progress Michigan, Matt investigated wrongful convictions with the Chicago Innocence Project and wrote about education, labor, and criminal justice issues for The Chicago Reporter magazine.
Matt’s work has been featured by Antiwar.com, Common Dreams, and The Youth Project. The Society of Professional Journalists named him a National Finalist for its 2013 Mark of Excellence Award in Online Opinion and Commentary.
Matt graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Protest, the campus social justice magazine.
Brad O’Neil, Communications Coordinator
Brad O’Neil’s passion for social justice issues has led him to many places but none can compare to Michigan. Prior to joining Progress Michigan, Brad knocked on a few doors for the Obama campaign, learned the basics of communication in the governors office, worked to foster civic engagement in South Africa, and helped neighborhoods recover in post-Katrina Louisiana.
Brad graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College with a degree in International Relations. He enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading about the world, and spending too much money eating out. Follow him on Twitter, @Brad_ONeil.