Community Leadership

City of Madison’s Leadership

Community is at the center of the Madison Public Market. For many years, a community-led city committee, the Madison Public Market Development Committee (MPMDC), has been meeting every month to bring us to the point we are today. With the leadership and support of former Mayor Paul Soglin and now Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and her team, the MPMDC has made important progress in site selection, creating a business plan, and laying the foundation for the creation of the Market. The City is investing $7.5M of this $13M project and designing/constructing the Market.

Members of the Madison Public Market Development Committee:

Anne Reynolds (Chair)
Barry Orton (Vice Chair)
Alder Lindsay Lemmer
Alder Marsha Rummel
Alder Syed Abbas
Lindsey Day Farnsworth
Tim Gruber
Jeff Glazer
Leslie Peterson
Carrie Sedlak
Katy Stanton
Jamaal Stricklin (non-voting)
Adam Haen (non-voting)

Madison Public Market Foundation’s Leadership
In May of 2017, the Madison Public Market Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was created to lead the fundraising efforts and community engagement during the Public Market development phase. Once the doors open, the Foundation will manage the day-to-day operations of the Market. The Foundation will lead vendor selection, the employee hiring process including the Executive Director search, raise $4 million to create the Market, and work closely with the City on the architectural design.

The Madison Public Market Foundation Board members include:

Jamaal Stricklin (President), SuperCharge! Foods
Megan Ballard, (Project Manager) Madison Commercial Real Estate
Sujhey Beisser, Park Bank & Five Senses Palate
Karen Crossley, community leader
Victoria Davis, Associated Bank
Rebecca Prochaska, Potter Lawson
Anne Reynolds, Madison Public Market Development Committee
Leslie Watkins, Community Leader
Laura Heisler, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
Rachel Kerr, Wisconsin Dairy Farmers
Larry Palm, Madison Metropolitan School District
Amanda White, Consultant (non-Board member)

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, VP of Marketing Communications, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Greg Frank, VP of Community Relations, Food Fight Restaurant Group
  • Peter Gray, Executive Search Consultant, QTI
  • Alison Helland, Attorney, Boardman & Clark
  • Jonny Hunter, Co-Founder, Underground Food Collective
  • Ken Monteleone, Owner, Fromagination
  • Melanie Ramey, Communication Coach and Speaker
  • Helen Sarakinos, Executive Director, REAP Food Group
  • Trey Sprinkman, Owner, Sprinkman Real Estate
  • James Shulkin, Windflower Consulting, Windworker Studio and Fishmonger Studio
  • Steve Suleski, VP Board Relations, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Missy Tracy, Municipal Relations Coordinator, Ho Chunk Nation/Ho Chunk Casino

Other Madison Public Market Foundation Committees:

We encourage folks who are interested in getting involved, to join one of our committees. Please contact for more information. Current committees include:

  • Advisory Council, Amanda White, Chair
  • Arts & Cultural Expression, Donale Richards and Karen Crossley, Co-Chairs
  • Vendor Selection, Megan Ballard, Chair
  • Governance and Nominating, Sujhey Beisser, Chair
  • Executive Committee, Jamaal Stricklin, Chair
  • Marketing & Events

“I can’t think of any better way to truly experience the culture of a city. The Public Market will be a place that brings people together from all backgrounds to share their love for food; giving the opportunity to diverse local businesses and artisans to have a space to grow and showcase their craft. It will be an important piece to the economic growth of our city and a vibrant destination experience.” - Sujhey Beisser, Park Bank & Five Senses Palate

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