Play Fair Wisconsin, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in March 2018 to educate people on the importance of fair political maps to a healthy democracy and the need for an independent, neutral process for drawing maps in Wisconsin (often called the Iowa Model).
Play Fair Wisconsin grew out of an initiative launched by three friends -- Lydie Hudson, Barbara Johnson, and Melissa Scholz— who came together around a set of shared core beliefs:
We believe in our democratic system, and believe it is threatened by excessive gerrymandering.
We also believe in the goodness and decency of the people of Wisconsin.
Gerrymandering isn’t easy to talk about. That’s why we wanted to create messages to raise awareness about the issue. The good and fair people of Wisconsin deserve a nonpartisan process to create legislative districts.
We hope you’ll watch our videos, learn more about gerrymandering, and take action to help save our democracy.
We appreciate the generous support of many donors who have made this possible. Thank you.
Board of Directors
Lydie A. Hudson
Lydie is lawyer specializing in intellectual property law, advising clients including publicly traded corporations, state government, nonprofits, and academic spin-offs. She is the managing attorney of Hudson Law in Madison, Wisconsin. She is also the founder and CEO of BrandScope Software, a SaaS trademark portfolio management solution. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.
Barbara retired in 2015 after serving as a CEO and COO of four media companies in New York and Madison during the previous 25 years. She moved to Madison in 2009 as president of Rowland Reading Foundation, an educational publisher. She has served on the boards of public and private companies and as an operating partner of a private equity firm. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Melissa Auchard Scholz
Melissa is the founder and principal attorney of Scholz Nonprofit Law, where she advises 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations on corporate and tax issues. Prior to starting the firm in 2007, Melissa worked for a large Wisconsin law firm on their tax, political, healthcare teams and practiced law in Washington D.C. She has served in elected office as a county supervisor and as a volunteer and leader of many political and charitable causes, including as the current vice-chair of March for Our Lives Action Funds (Parkland, Florida). Melissa has had a longstanding interest in American democratic systems, starting as a history major at Stanford University.