Community

Community is at the center of the Madison Public Market. For many years, a community-led city committee, chaired by Anne Reynolds, has been meeting every month to bring us to the point we are today. With the help and support of Mayor Paul Soglin and his team, the Madison Public Market Development Committee has made important progress in site selection, creating a business plan, and laying the foundation for the creation of the Market.

In May of 2017, a new Madison Public Market Foundation non-profit was created to lead the fundraising efforts and community engagement during the Public Market development phase. Once the doors open, the Foundation will operate the Market. During the development phase, the Foundation will lead vendor selection, the employee hiring process including the Executive Director search, and work closely with the City on the architectural design. The Madison Public Market Foundation Board members include:

  • Mayra Medrano, MGE, Board President
  • Jeff Vercauteran, Husch Blackwell, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Megan Ballard, West Towne Mall
  • Victoria Davis, Associated Bank
  • Rebecca Prochaska, Potter Lawson
  • Anne Reynolds, Retired, Center for Cooperatives and Chair of the Madison Public Market Development Committee
  • Jamaal Stricklin, SuperCharge! Foods

To help advise the Foundation, a group of diverse community leaders and supporters have formed the Madison Public Market Ambassador Advisory Council. Members of the Advisory Council include:

  • Betty Banks, African American community historian and organizer
  • Craig Bartlett, Associate Publisher-Owner, Isthmus Publishing
  • Peter Cavi, First Vice President, Merrill Lynch
  • Al Cooper, Coordinator, Dane Dances
  • Suzanne Fanning, Vice President National Product Communications, WI Milk Marketing Board
  • Greg Frank, Vice President of Community Relations, Food Fight Restaurant Group
  • Steve Goldberg, Madison College
  • Peter Grey, Executive Search Consultant, QTI
  • Richard Heinemann, Attorney, Boardman & Clark
  • Jonny Hunter, Co-Founder, Underground Food Collective
  • Mayra Medrano, President, Latino Chamber
  • Ken Monteleone, Owner, Fromagination
  • Helen Sarakinos, Executive Director, REAP Food Group
  • Trey Sprinkman, Owner, Sprinkman Real Estate
  • James Shulkin, Senior Communications Coordinator, Quartz Health Solutions, Inc.
  • Missy Tracey, Municipal Relations Coordinator, Ho Chunk Nation/Ho Chunk Casino
  • Doua Vang, Director, Hmong Community Center

Supporting all of these organizations has been the Friends of the Public Market. This group of supporters have attended countless meetings, weighed in on important decisions, and have helped build momentum within the community.

I’m excited about building a market that highlights Madison’s diverse cultures, offers a space for business start-ups, and celebrates Wisconsin agriculture. Food brings people together and the market will be a vibrant, welcoming space for everyone: a year-round special event! - Anne Reynolds

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