Senior Advisor, For Our Future Wisconsin
John Grabel is the Senior Advisor of For Our Future Wisconsin which mobilizes and empowers people and community-based organizations to drive real progressive change on issues and in elections. Under his leadership in 2018, the organization helped elect Tony Evers in the governor’s race. Earlier in the cycle, the group helped win a special election state senate seat in a rural district in NW Wisconsin where President Trump won by 17 points, and campaigned for the first progressive to win an open seat on the state Supreme Court in 20 years.
For Our Future Wisconsin has spearheaded a relational voter program to narrow margins and boost turnout. The program recruits volunteers to be messengers within their local communities and among their networks. Having mapped over 20,000 people through the relational voter program in 2018, John has partnered with the WI America Votes and WI Voices tables to increase the use of relational organizing alongside traditional field programs. This election cycle, John is focused on his team expanding the connection between field organizing and digital organizing to grow the capacity of the progressive infrastructure throughout the state.
John also serves as the AFSCME Political Action Representative in Wisconsin. He is Chair of Together Wisconsin Acts, board member of One Wisconsin Now and previously served as the Executive Director for We Are Wisconsin.