Our Dynamic Team

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Dakota Hall, Executive Director

Dakota is a long time community organizer & youth advocate, and founding director of LIT.

Dakota studied finance at UW-Milwaukee where he got involved in student organizing and student government politics. There he ushered in the student voice to various statewide and national movements like Fight For $15, Student Debt Reform, and Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

After leaving UW-Milwaukee, Dakota did a year of service with the Americorps program Public Allies Milwaukee. After Public Allies, he went to work for a local faith based community organizing group where he directed and built a youth organizing group now known as LIT.

Dakota is half Indigenous and half Black, and roots his work in racial equity and the liberation of people of color.


Elisha Branch, Program COORDINATOR 

Elisha was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been an anchor in her community and church. A graduate of Washington High School, and now completing her bachelors in Spanish from Mount Mary University here in Milwaukee, Elisha bring vast life experiences into her role at LIT. Elisha is an AmeriCorps member currently serving with Public Allies Milwaukee.

If there is any doubt on how awesome Elisha, please remember #TrustBlackWomen.


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