Coming To Madison
In 1991, I had the opportunity to select my college of choice. I attended UW–Madison and when I looked for a foundation to build my future, I chose the City of Madison as my home.
Madison has offered me a chance to understand myself in a surrounding that celebrates personal diversity, exploration of knowledge, and developing positive environment. In Madison, I found a home.
In 1995, at the age of 22, I was appointed to my first public committee by the Dane County Executive.
It was soon followed up by my appointment to the Madison Library Board – a position that I maintain for 19 years.
There is something magical about a library – a place of wonder, a place of learning and a place of community.
Proud Union Member
A union member for over 25 years, I was on my Union board for 12 years.
As a Vice President, I learned first hand how important collective bargaining can be.
During Act 10, I protested because Madison employees deserve to be treated fairly, compensated for the work they and receive benefits that support working families.
After college, I went to work for the Madison Metropolitan School District in alternative education. Today, I work at Capital High, Madison’s sixth high school.
In 1996, I along with two others, founded the Madison chapter of GLSEN (now GSAFE).
I recognized as a school district employee the struggles and challenges that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, staff members and families face.
While in recent years, discussion of these issues in schools have become commonplace, at the time it was a very difficult conversation with few champions. Locally we made efforts to educate our staff and community, empower our youth and support our allies.
Wisconsin AIDS Ride
Just before being elected Alder in 2005, I became active at AIDS Network, eventually becoming Board President and Chair of the ACT Ride 9 (2010-2011).
In 2012, I even successfully rode the four-day, three hundred miles Wisconsin AIDS Ride raising over $1,400 for HIV/AIDS services right here in Dane County.
Madison Common Council
In 2005, I was first elected to the Madison Common Council. In 2013, I ran in a new district based upon district boundaries and served the residents in District 12 for six years until retiring in 2019. As Alder, I enjoyed navigating the complexity of the city, serving on at least 17 committees!
One of my first challenges was the closing of the Royster-Clark fertilizer plan on Cottage Grove Road, foreshadowing one of my last challenges on the Council, the closures of the Oscar Mayer plant and offices.
Highlights including meeting the Dalai Lama twice!
In 2007, I was appointed to the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC).
Initially, I was a naive commission member not understanding regional challenges. I’m proud to have to have been elected Chair in 2011 and been able to steer the development of a regional development plan that focuses on developing Dane County more compactly and preserving our farm land and environmental space for future generations.
I have also been a member of the Greater Madison MPO including serving as Chair from 2018-2019.
Madison Metropolitan School District
- Capital High – Registrar 1994 – present
- Dane County Supervisor, District 12 2020 –
- Health and Human Needs Standing Committee 2020 –
- South Central Library System Board Member 1995 – 1997
City of Madison
- Alder, District 12 2013 – 2019
- Alder, District 15 2005 – 2013
- Madison Public Library Board 1996 – 2015, Treasurer/Secretary 2000 – 2015
- Board of Estimates/Finance Committee 2011 – 2015, 2018 – 2019
- Board of Public Works 2005 – 2011, 2015 – 2017
- City-County Homeless Issues Committee 2015 – 2019
- Committee on the Environment 2015 – 2011
- Common Council Organizational Committee, 2005 – 2006, 2011 – 2012
- Community Development Authority 2014 – 2015
- Downtown Coordinating Committee 2005 – 2007
- East Washington Avenue Design Oversight Committee 2005 – 2007
- Garver Building Reuse Committee 2006 – 2008
- Housing Strategy Committee 2015- 2019
- Greater Madison MPO 2017 – 2019, Chair 2018 – 2019
- Madison Local Food Committee/Public Market Development Committee 2015- 2019
- Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee 2017-2019
- Warner Park Community Recreation Center Advisory Sub Committee 2013 – 2019
- Water Utility Board 2010 – 2011
- Capital Area Regional Planning Commission
- Executive Chair 2017 – present
- Chair 2011 – 2017
- Vice Chair 2010 – 2011
- Member 2007 – present
- A Greater Madison Vision Executive Committee Member 2018 – present
- Chair, Association of Wisconsin Regional Planning Commissions 2018
- Madison Public Market Foundation Board, 2019 – present
- Dane County Homeless Issues Committee 2011 – 2015
- Stoughton Road Revitalization Project 2007 – 2013
- Royster-Clark Neighborhood Planning Team 2008 – 2013
- Olbrich Botanical Society 2008 – 2013
- Eken Park Neighborhood Association, Co-Chair 2003 – 2005
- Capitol Neighborhoods, Vice President 1996 – 2000
- AIDS Network Board Member 2005 – 2009, President 2007 – 2008
- Wisconsin AIDS Ride, Steering Committee 2007 – 2013, Chair Elect 2009 – 2010, Chair 2010 – 2011, Rider 2012
- Madison Teachers Inc, SEE Board Vice President 2003 – 2015
- United Wisconsin, Board Member 2012-2014
- GLSEN South Central Wisconsin, Co-Founder, Co-Chair 1996 – 2000
- Friends of Starkweather Creek, Board Member 2004 – 2013, Treasurer 2008 – 2013
- Democratic Party of Dane County, Member