Our team

Director of Programs & Impact – 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 is 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.

Content and Marketing Manager – Jared Lee
Jared joins the Scale Up Milwaukee team as the Content and Marketing Manager. Focused on celebrating and promoting the various success stories of our members and the impactful opportunities available through Scale Up events and programs.

Jared’s focus has always been in creative storytelling and collaboration, previously through the lens of the performing arts. He is the previous Associate Director of Marketing at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He is happy to call Milwaukee his new home after spending time in Lexington KY, Detroit MI, Portland OR, and growing up in SW Missouri, where he started his first business Springfield 2nd Stage. He has an MFA in Theater Management from Wayne State University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Portland. He is an experienced theatre educator, director, marketer, and producer. (*He is also an award-winning brewer.)