Steering Committee & Advisory Board

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is comprised of three representatives from MMSD and three representatives from UW–Madison. They are charged with defining the current topical focus of the partnership, evaluating competitive grant applications, approving specific projects, and monitoring ongoing MEP-directed and supported work. The Steering Committee meets on a quarterly basis, rotating meeting locations between UW–Madison and MMSD.

Steering Committee Members

Dr. John Diamond, UW–Madison, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Dr. Rich Halverson, UW–Madison, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Ricardo Jara, MMSD, Chief of Staff
Marcey Sorensen, MMSD, Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Andrew Statz, MMSD, Research, Accountability & Data Use
Dr. Erica Turner, UW–Madison, Educational Policy Studies

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group advises the partnership on critical issues related to the Madison community and district context, informs the committee of other relevant work developing or underway at different levels of government and in the private sector, and represents the partnership to other constituencies in Madison. The Advisory Group meets with the Steering Committee biannually to learn about MEP’s progress, react to emergent issues, and guide the Steering Committee and the Directors as it considers future directions for MEP work. The Advisory Group members were chosen by the MMSD Superintendent and the WCER Executive Director, in consultation with the MEP Directors. Members represent University, District, and community agencies from around Madison.

Hedi Rudd, Manager, Center for Resillient Cities

Karen Coller, Executive Director, Centro Hispano Dane County

Kaleem Caire, CEO, Founder, City Early Learning

Colleen Clark-Bernhardt, Equity and Criminal Justice Council Coordinator, Dane County

Sue Abplanalp, Principal, Frank Allis Elementary, MMSD

Nancy Hanks, Chief of Schools, MMSD

Pat Wongkit, Program Director, Northport Community Learning Center

Valerie Klessig-Palm, Teacher, Nuestro Mundo Community School, MMSD

Leslie Orrantia, Office of the Chancellor, Community Relations, UW–Madison

Coral Manning, Child Care Program Coordinator, City of Madison