Our team

Program Manager – Elizabeth Cizinsky
Elizabeth oversees and manages all aspects from conception to execution of Scale Up Milwaukee programs and events, including the Growth Accelerator and SPARC. Elizabeth also directs all program evaluation, data collection and analysis, and economic research. She earned her degree in Economics and Political Science from Marquette University. Her career has ranged from work on Capitol Hill in Washington to Marquette University Law School and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
In addition to her work with Scale Up Milwaukee, Elizabeth also is a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, serves on the Board of Directors for Fund Milwaukee, is a member of the Milwaukee Hub of Global Shapers and a new inductee of TEMPO’s Emerging Women Leaders.

Business Coach – DeShaun Robinson
DeShaun joins Scale Up Milwaukee as our Business Coach. A graduate of Concordia University of Wisconsin with a degree in marketing, DeShaun brings extensive experience in sales, sports analytics, and account management.

DeShaun also co-founded Premier Level Sports, a skills and player development company hosting basketball camps and clinics throughout Wisconsin. Through that business development, he was able to work in analytics and strategy with the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University. Additionally, he served on the panelist board of the Sports Finance Summits in Los Angeles. Most recently, DeShaun managed the brands of athletes and influencers as an account manager for LW Branding. He refined his sales and marketing skills developing relationships with partner companies and charities through research of white space opportunities and backgrounds.

In addition to his professional experience, DeShaun is actively involved in his community by coaching basketball teams through Wisconsin Playground Club. He spends his free time trying new restaurants, working out and enjoying time with family and friends.


Executive Director – Elmer Moore Jr.
Elmer’s work focuses on using small business growth to generate efficient economic development and entrepreneurial interventions for improving wealth and opportunity in all communities. His career has mixed private and non-profit experience ranging from manufacturing to an east coast startup studio and higher education.

Elmer is an entrepreneur and founded a venture -backed business called Milwaukee Denim Co. He is an Instructor of Practice in Entrepreneurship at Marquette University, and supports the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Elmer is the Chairman of the board of Commissioners for the Social Development Commission and a trustee for his alma mater, Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Elmer also has an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City.

With his wife, Nicole, Elmer is a proud foster parent and encourages others to do so as well.