Community Connections: Running a Socially Responsible Organization


Moderator: Samantha Skenandore

Samantha Skenandore is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and an attorney at Quarles & Brady LLP. Samantha focuses her practice on both federal Indian law and tribal law, advising tribal and corporate clients in tribal governance, governmental affairs, corporate transactions, real estate, labor issues and litigation. Her extensive multijurisdictional experience with tribal law includes representation of corporate entities, both tribal and nontribal, in matters involving financing, minority or women-owned certifications, labor relations, complex commercial real estate matters and government relations. She also advises corporate clients on developing successful strategies to launch their businesses, seek and secure business certifications, build capacity and prosper. Her experience extends to representing clients before members of Congress, congressional committees and agencies through federal lobbying services. Samantha clerked for the United States Department of Justice, Indian Resources Section focusing on water rights litigation and for the State of Colorado Division of Administrative Hearings as a judicial clerk in Denver, Colorado. Samantha has a B.A. from UW-Madison in Behavioral Sciences & Law with a certificate in American Indian Studies. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and practices in Wisconsin, Arizona and in numerous tribal jurisdictions.


Daniel Brown-Executive Director
Ho-Chunk Gaming

Daniel Brown is the Executive Manager of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, a position he began in 2012. Daniel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ball State University in 1990.  In late 1993, he moved his family to Wisconsin where he began his career in the casino industry at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells with his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation. After beginning in Surveillance, Daniel eventually became the Director of Casino Operations; Assistant General Manager; and finally the General Manager, where he managed the Nation’s flagship casino for four years. From 2007-2011, Daniel served as the Vice President of the Ho-Chunk Nation. As Executive Manager of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Daniel is endeavoring to develop 40-plus acres near the casino in collaboration with the City of Madison.


Arvind Gopalratnam
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks

Arvind Gopalratnam is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is a native of the Milwaukee area, a proud graduate of UW-Madison and George Washington University and a lifetime Wisconsin sports fan. As a member of the Bucks community team, Arvind helps leads the organization’s mission to make the place in which we work and play a better place for all families to live. Arvind is currently in his third season with the Bucks after spending 11 years in corporate communications for NBC Universal and General Electric’s Healthcare business. With GE, Arvind developed extensive experience in the Sports and Healthcare industries as a corporate spokesperson, manager of crisis communications globally, coaching senior-level executives on communications tactics and developing internal and external communications strategies. Arvind is married to Brenda Long (a fellow Badger alum) and they have two energetic boys Leo (5) and Rajan (2) who constantly keep them active and involved in the community.


Brenda Gonzalez
Diversity Manager, Agrace Palliative Care

Brenda González has more than 20 years of professional experience in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, community relations and outreach. Her work has focused in collaborating in the Madison community helping people navigate the complexities of our healthcare system, especially among linguistically and isolated communities. She has provided strategic direction and leadership in the development of an inclusive environment by including diversity practice in every aspect of the business. In the past, González served as Health Equity Career Development Coordinator with the UW Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity. González was Deputy Director of New Routes to Community Health, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Brenda currently serves as the Diversity Manager with Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care. She develops and implements strategies for Agrace to improve access and ensure culturally congruent care to multicultural, diverse and underserved patients.  Previously she was Community Marketing and Health Equity Manager for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW). Because of her work she has been recognized as one of the top 29 most powerful Latinos in Wisconsin by Madison 365. She was also mentioned by Brava Magazine in 2015 as one of the 30 Women to Watch.