Since 2007, I’ve had the honor to serve on the Urban Design Commission and work with my fellow Commissioners to help shape the design of hundreds of new developments throughout Madison. In 2011, in an unprecedented move, Mayor Soglin appointed me to serve on the Plan Commission, the Landmarks Commission and Urban Design, with the goal of strengthening the connections between the three major land use committees. I am a member of the East Washington Ave 800 Block North Committee which will review development proposals beginning in February 2013. I’m also a member the Union Corners Ad Hoc Committee which selected Gorman and Company in November 2012 to redevelop Union Corners. The City is now negotiating the sale with Gorman. Mayor Soglin took a new look at the Public Market which was planned to be a part of the proposed Judge Doyle Square at Pinckney St and appointed me to the Madison Local Food Committee to recommend initiatives to strengthen the local food economy and recommend whether to pursue a public market for Madison. I have been a champion of a public market and managed to keep it alive and moving through many budgets.
Prior to my election, I served as President of the Marquette Neighborhood Association from 2002-2007 but have been active in MNA since 1994. When I became MNA President in 2002, I became immersed in the East Rail Corridor (ERC) Plan Advisory Committee planning process and got very interested in economic development strategies for the E Washington Gateway Corridor and captivated by the idea of a Central Park. I served on the committee that created the Central Park master plan and for Phase II, I advocated for an artist to be part of the planning effort. We selected nationally recognized environmental artist Lorna Jordan. I have been working with the Madison Skatepark Fund to create the first Madison skatepark in Central Park. Throughout 2005 and 2006, I was a member of the East Washington Capitol Gateway BUILD committee where we established core values and land use standards for the district. In 2009, I sponsored the new Urban Design District 8 that would make insure developers respect the scale and enhance the vibrancy of adjacent neighborhoods and jumpstart East Wash as a place for new employment and new housing.
In July 1989 I co-founded Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative. I am a member of American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers for Free Expression, Greater State Street Business Association (GSSBA), and Dane Buy Local. As a cooperatively-owned independent bookseller, we’ve faced the market challenges of the arrival (and departure) of big box retailers and Amazon.com. Cooperatives offer a model for sustainable economic development. In 2012, we participated in the Madison Cooperative Business Conference.
Born March 3, 1957 Chicago, Illinois
1980 UW-Madison BA Political Science
I’ve lived in Alder District 6 since 1982.
2006 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation for saving the Women’s Building an important part of our Progressive and early feminist history.
2006 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation for saving 1025 Williamson
2011 DNR Wisconsin Forestry Council Distinquished Service Award for enacting construction specifications to protect Madison’s street trees