Lonnie Scott


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 southeast Michigan with his wife, son, daughter, and two rescue dogs, Finn and Ophelia.

Sam Inglot


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 wife and Bugsy, their cat.

Joe Soltis


Joe Soltis is the Compliance Manager for Progress Michigan. In his role, he assists with the day-to-day operations and works on a variety of projects to help the office run smoothly. Prior to joining Progress Michigan, he worked for electoral campaigns, state government, labor, and non-profits.  He graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus in international relations and comparative politics.

Outside of work, Joe likes to play soccer, explore the many places in Michigan, and enjoy the occasional video game. He is a lifelong Michigan resident and lives in Lansing.

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Dana Sutton

A reformed Ohioan, Dana was born and raised in Canton. She graduated in 2018 from American University with an interdisciplinary major in Communications, Legal Systems, Economics, and Government. While in Washington, DC, she interned with America Votes, the Human Rights Campaign, and Common Cause.

Dana joined the Progress Michigan team as a digital organizer in June of 2018 so she could use her voice to lift up important issues and fight for progress that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy. When she’s not talking politics on the Internet, she enjoys college basketball (Go Zips!), cats, and spending too much time at the gym.

Shin-Yi Wang

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 three chickens.

Cayley Winters

Cayley Winters joined the Progress Michigan staff in the spring of 2019 as the West Michigan Communications Organizer. Before joining Progress Michigan she worked for NextGen America and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Cayley’s role at Progress Michigan is to expand the group’s outreach to the West side of the state and to keep elected officials accountable. Her areas of expertise lie in affordable healthcare and reproductive justice. She is an alumnus of Michigan State University (Go Green!) graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science with a concentration in Public Health, a cognate in Anthropology, and a minor in Bioethics. In her spare time she is an amateur curler, craft beer snob, and a devout parent to her two dogs, cat, and crested gecko. She now resides in Battle Creek, Michigan where she one day plans to run for office.

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