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The Mayors Innovation Project
c/o Center on Wisconsin Strategy
7122 Social Science Bldg.
1180 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53703

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Joel Rogers, Director

jrogers at, 608-262-4266

Joel is professor of law, political science, public affairs, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director

satya at, 608-262-5387

Satya works with cities across the country to implement innovative policy that promotes environmental and economic sustainability and builds strong, democratically accountable communities. Satya served three terms on Madison's City Council, giving her a practical perspective on local government and policy. 

James Irwin, Associate Director

jirwin at, 608-262-6585

James works on local policy, energy efficiency, and green infrastructure projects. James also leads the Mayors Innovation Project's fossil fuel divestment work.

Katya Szabados, Associate Outreach Specialist

knszabados at, 608-262-5831

Katya works on cross-departmental city policy solutions that contribute to the health, vibrancy, equity, and sustainability of communities and the people and businesses that inhabit them. 

Mel Meder, Associate Outreach Specialist

mmeder at, 608-262-5176

Mel works on policy and management frameworks to create more resilient and equitable infrastructure systems in cities. 

Matthew Wyndham, Administrative Program Manager

mwyndham at, 608-265-8665

Matthew manages finances and travel reimbursements.

Emily Miota, Outreach Specialist

ejmiota at, 608-263-7958

Emily manages outreach, communications, and events.