Pass the Mic: Jennifer Skolaski


What’s your Oshkosh story?

I moved to Oshkosh for love. I was coming here off and on from Madison for 3.5 years to visit my now husband. I then made the permanent move to Oshkosh to be together in 2012 after finishing graduate school.

What do you do here?

I own Community & Nonprofit Leadership Consulting, LLC ( We consultant for nonprofits throughout the state of Wisconsin focusing on program management, fund development, event planning, management transitions, and board development training. I also lecture at both UW-Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay.

What do you like about Oshkosh?

The longer I live here the more I love this city! From hiking and biking the Wiouwash trail, kayaking the Fox River, attending community events, visiting community staples (i.e., zoo, farmers market, parks), and enjoying the developing downtown with all the wonderful restaurants and shops, Oshkosh has a lot to do. I also love all the organizations and people that I work with.

What needs to change in Oshkosh?

The change I want to see in Oshkosh is for more people to get involved in causes that they’re passionate about, while continuing to be good neighbors taking care of one another. Oshkosh is the perfect place to make a real impact on our societal issues, whether it’s child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drug use, health disparities, hunger, inequality, jobs, lack of affordable housing, poverty, or racism. We have a big enough population with enough clout that we could move the needle on any community issue! I see so many well-intentioned individuals put their energy, money, and passion into ideas and investments, that I hope this all comes to helping us become a stronger community and a more inclusive environment.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m appreciative to all the people that helped welcome me into this community, and I hope we continue doing the same for others. I look forward to raising my daughter in a community that embraces diversity, strives for strong education, and supports one another.


“Pass the Mic” is a regular feature in Oshkosh Independent designed to celebrate the richness of our diversity through simply showing and telling a little bit about all kinds of people that make Oshkosh what it is, through snowballing, or passing the mic from one person to another person in their network. Go here and scroll down to find other snapshots of cool local people, and stay tuned to see who gets the mic next.


About Author

Paul Van Auken

Paul Van Auken has been a member of the sociology and environmental studies faculty at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 2007, after completing a Ph.D. in sociology from UW-Madison. A native of Iowa but resident of Wisconsin since 1999, Paul conducts research on issues related to neighborhood, community, land use planning and access to public space, sustainability, and teaching and learning. He also practices public sociology, regularly writing a column called “Shortening the Distance” for Oshkosh Independent. He is currently living in the central city of Milwaukee while on sabbatical and among other things is writing about Oshkosh through the lens of his experiences there.

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