About Madison NOW

The Madison, WI chapter of the National Organization for Women (Madison NOW)  is a multi-issue, multi-strategy group dedicated to equal rights and equal access for all. Our priorities include winning economic equality for women, championing reproductive freedom and other women’s health issues, opposing racism, fighting bigotry against the LGBTQ community, and ending violence against women.


Lindsay Lemmer

Lindsay Lemmer is the president of the Madison chapter of the National Organization for Women, an intersectional feminist organization. As president, Lemmer organized a timely, consequential training with Groundwork on white privilege and intersectionality. Other recent actions include a panel discussion on trans rights as a feminist priority and an LGBTQ+ ally training.

Under Lemmer’s direction, Madison NOW also focuses on grassroots lobbying, raising donations for groups such as Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, and has monthly meetings that feature local community leaders.

Lemmer’s progressive career involves community activism and civic engagement, including managing communications for the local anti-Keystone XL pipeline effort and chairing communications for the Dane County Voter ID Coalition. She completed Emerge Wisconsin in 2016, which is a program that trains Democratic women to achieve public office. Earning her Marketing MBA in 2010, she is a senior marketing and communications strategist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Information Technology.

Jess Jones
Vice President

Jess Jones is vice president of the Madison Chapter of the National Organization for Women. As VP and chair of the Web Committee, she coordinates and maintains web content and features, and supports Madison NOW’s many initiatives. Raised to believe in equality in all ways by her parents, both public service employees, she believes in the power of intersectionality and in everyone doing what they can, when they can to make progress. With a master’s degree in human-computer interaction and many years designing digital experiences, she also has seen the importance of digital in building community and sparking change. She is a user experience consultant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Information Technology, and enjoys life with her partner and her two dogs, Molly and Benny.

Mindy Wara Maciolek

Mindy Wara Maciolek was elected secretary of Madison NOW in the spring of 2017. She is a small business owner with a background in teaching, auditing, and writing. As chair of the craftivism committee, Mindy is glad to align her love of art with her passion for activism. She is a committed, intersectional feminist and advocate for all Wisconsin women and families. A lifelong learner, Mindy is always looking for opportunities to become a more effective advocate. She is a recent alumni of the Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute and is currently looking for her next endeavor.

Mara Jarvis, Social Media CoordinatorMara Jarvis
Social Media Coordinator

Mara Jarvis is Madison NOW’s Social Media Coordinator and Outreach Committee Chair. She has been an active member for NOW since February 2017, in which she jumped in head first. She is a fat-positive, intersectional feminist who is fighting for visibility for all in a culture that is focused on the straight-size, white, heterosexual narrative. Within NOW, Mara has planned several events including a Women’s Equality Day: Celebrate Voting with Madison NOW, Dance for DAIS, and Love Your Body! Wisconsin Premiere Screening of Straight/Curve. She looks forward to a bright future with NOW and feminism in Wisconsin. Mara wants to say that she would not be the feminist she is today without her mom, grandmas, sister and her amazing group of lady friends. She lives in Madison with her partner and two adorable cats.