MEP Governance

Research Liaison

The research liaison handles a substantial amount of work by responding to data inquiries and overseeing the production of data extracts. The position also serves as an alternate to the Chief Accountability Officer in Steering Committee meetings.

Bo McCready, MMSD, Director of Research & Program Evaluation

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

John Diamond, UW–Madison, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Rich Halverson, UW–Madison, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Ricardo Jara, MMSD, Chief of Staff

Ethan Netterstrom, MMSD, Director of Curriculum & Instruction (Interim)

Andrew Statz, MMSD, Research, Accountability & Data Use

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 Resilient Cities

Karen Coller, Executive Director, Centro Hispano Dane County

Kaleem Caire, Founder, President and CEO, One City Early Learning Centers

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