"I ran for Mayor because I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to thrive." 

I moved to Madison almost 20 years ago for an environmental internship. Of course I fell in love with Madison - the lakes, the farmer's market, the summer festivals, the food scene. The internship grew into a job, and that led me to my current job at the UW. I put down roots by buying a modest home in the Eken Park neighborhood and getting into local politics. I met my partner Amy in 2008, and I couldn't be happier. Everyone should have that kind of opportunity - but not everyone does, and that's why I ran for Mayor. It's what inspires me to work hard every day to make Madison number one - for everyone. 

- Mayor Satya

Image:  Satya, her partner Amy, and their dog Leo.

Image:  Satya presenting at a Mayor's Innovation Project event.

  • Elected in 2019 as Madison's 58th May, the city’s second female mayor and the first out LGBTQ person to hold the office.


  • Six years on the Madison City Council, representing District 12 - East High to Warner Park

  • Thirteen years working with mayors all around the country as Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project

  • Over twenty years of experience managing projects, budgets and staff

  • Trained in science, with degrees in biology and ecology

  • Chair of the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee and appointed to the Madison Food Policy Council.

  • Proud member of United Faculty and Academic Staff, AFT Local 223

  • Former Board Member of the Democratic Party of
    Dane County


View Satya's full resume on Linked In:

“It is up to cities to lead now, and we need leaders who are prepared and able to take on that role. I’m ready to lead on climate, racial equity, housing, transportation, and other issues that matter to working families."

Satya Rhodes-Conway

Please contact us at satyaformadison@gmail.com


  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon