Reuben Sanon
Pronouns
He/ Him/His
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Communications and Diversity Strategist, City of Sun Prairie

Reuben Sanon serves as the communications and diversity strategist for Wisconsin's fastest growing city, Sun Prairie. He's an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holding a dual degree in political science and journalism. He has a specific interest in community planning in the Midwest and Caribbean - the two places he calls home. When he's not working he enjoys bike-riding, trying to learn the banjo, and home-brewing. Reuben has held a position as a co-president of the Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Services. In that role he was able to connect to and work alongside a wide landscape of grassroots leaders and continues to bring that grassroots focus to all of the work that he does. Reuben considers Madison, Wisconsin his hometown but grew up all around the world including the Caribbean, West Africa, Europe, and South America. This international perspective has exposed him to many different ways of organizing people, projects and ideas. It's also helped him recognize and breakdown systems that ignore cultural nuance and rely on supremacist ideologies. Reuben's guiding principles are radical love, generational justice, and active equity. He follows no singular path towards these goals, but rather sees government, higher education, social enterprise, grassroots non-profit work, and art as opportunities for empowerment of marginalized communities. His quote to live by is Jay Gould's "I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops," and asks that others challenge him in his commitment to this mantra, as he takes on leadership positions tasked with lifting up others.