Satya Rhodes-Conway was elected as Mayor of Madison, WI in 2019. She is the first LGBTQ person and second woman to serve in the office.
Rhodes-Conway was the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project and a senior associate at the COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 13 years. She worked with cities across the country to implement innovative policy that promotes environmental and economic sustainability and builds strong, democratically accountable communities. During her time at UW, she researched and wrote extensively about local policy that promotes sustainability, equity and democracy. Rhodes-Conway served on the Board of the UniverCity Alliance and is a member of AFT Local 223.
Rhodes-Conway served three terms on Madison's City Council, representing District 12 from 2007 to 2013. She was a member of Madison's Food Policy Council from 2013 to 2019, and chaired the city’s Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee in 2018.
Before her time at UW, she analyzed state endangered species programs for Defenders of Wildlife, researched and wrote about progressive environmental policy at the State Environmental Resource Center, and taught undergraduate biology and ecology.
Rhodes-Conway and her partner, Amy Klusmeier, live on Madison’s east side with their dog Leo and three cats.
Previous Office(s) Held:
Madison City Councilwomen