Staff Bios


Lonnie Scott, Executive Director

Lonnie is a leading progressive communicator, with extensive legislative, advocacy, non-profit and public policy experience.

Prior to joining Engage 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.

 

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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, Deputy Communications Director

Sam joined Progress Michigan in the fall of 2013 and is currently the organization’s deputy communications director. Prior to joining Progress Michigan, Sam was a journalist in Lansing for several years working for publications such as Michigan Messenger, MIRS, and City Pulse. At Progress Michigan, Sam works to hold elected officials accountable, build up the communications capacity of their union partners, and battle right-wing misinformation and propaganda. Sam graduated from the Michigan State University School of Journalism where he specialized in public policy reporting and earned a specialization in Peace & Justice studies. Active in politics since middle school, Sam strives to fight for a progressive future in Michigan and across the country. He lives in Lansing with his fiancé and Bugsy, their cat.

 

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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.

 

Sean Tobin, Lead Data and Policy Analyst

Sean Tobin is the Lead Data and Policy Analyst for Progress Michigan (El Dapa).  In his role he wrangles data into structures that better solve policy issues and provide accountability for our state legislature. He recently graduated from MSU with a Masters of Public Policy, where he studied the link between transit and local tax compliance. In short, a functioning transit system provides positive cues to people on their local government.

Outside of work, Sean prefers exploring the woods, sailing, or really anything that brings him outside. He would most like to get back to the everglades, in order to canoe and/or hike from Flamingo to I-75.

 

Shin-Yi Wang, Web and Graphic Design Coordinator

Shin-Yi Wang is a visual artist and web/graphic designer. Her work is guided by her belief that “design” is a narrative, which can change how people approach the world.

Prior to joining Engage Michigan, Shin-Yi was a multidisciplinary designer working with a diverse range of projects including: dance performances, movie poster design, branding and advertising for local stores in Taiwan, building online culinary schools, etc. She continues her artistic practices in cooperation with a Lansing dance studio, S’move, creating unique visual performances.

Shin-Yi Wang grew up in Taiwan, and completed a graduate degree in Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from National Chengchi University, with a Major in Advertising. She lives in East Lansing with her husband, daughter, and four chickens.