City of Madison

City of Madison Women's Issues Committee
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WIC partners with the City of Madison to involve women in all job positions, decisions, policies, and functions through advocacy and education.


  • A City workforce where there is equitable distribution of female representation in all levels and job positions of City government.
  • One's ability to succeed, advance, and build a career in City employment is not limited by gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other group status.
  • WIC adds value to the community at large with positive working relationships both within City employment and to the citizens of Madison.


1. Intersectionality. WIC honors that every individual represents a broad range of identities and experiences.
2. Equity. Fairness and justice should be attainable in all aspects of an individual's life including access to resources, health, opportunities, and choices.
3. Women's Leadership and Empowerment. Women should be able to set their own personal and professional goals and have a fair and just shot at reaching them.
4. Work/Life Balance. WIC supports both career advancement and a fulfilling personal life including health, pleasure, leisure, family, and spiritual development.
5. Community Impact. WIC seeks to create the best environment for City employees by tackling issues that impact both City employees and the community at large.
6. Education. Learning gives City employees the ability to care for themselves and others and support their work/life balance, and reach their full potential.
7. Advocacy. WIC strives to give women and all historically disenfranchised groups a voice.


Members of Women's Initiatives Committee (WIC) are appointed by the Mayor and are authorized to attend all scheduled meetings.


All permanent employees who have passed their probationary period. Any City employee may seek membership after attending two consecutive meetings.
Meets: 4th Thursday of the month at 1:00 pm; CCB Room 108
Agency: Department of Civil Rights
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Rm. 523
(608) 266-4910   Email: DCR
Authority: Madison General Ordinance (MGO) 33.27
Chair: Gretchen Ede
Vice Chair:  
Nancy McCulley
Mission: It is the mission of the Women's Initiatives Committee to actively assist the City in building and sustaining a vibrant, equitable, committed, diverse, engaged, inclusive, informed and safe environment for all City Employees and the Community at Large.


Incumbent Office/Dept Phone
Lisa Banks Metro Transit 267-8760
Lisa Becher Madison Fire 266-4420
Dorothy Brennecke Assessor 266-4531
Donna Collingwood Planning & Development 266-4635
Nancy Crawford Parks 266-4711
Gretchen Ede Library 266-6359
Melissa Gombar Human Resources 266-4778
Kathi Hurtgen, Associate Member Monona Terrace 261-4033
Johanna Johnson Engineering 264-9274
Aleta Klicko Metro Transit 267-8760
Victoria Larson Human Resources 266-4281
Kate McCarthy Civil Rights 267-1127
Nancy McCulley Monona Terrace 261-4038
Kelly Odegaard Metro Transit 267-8760
David Renaud Water Utility 261-9833
Erin Stenson Human Resources 267-1170
Liza Tatar, Associate Member Fire 266-4420
Connie Thompson Monona Terrace 261-4030
Janice Toliver City Attorney 261-9150


Annual Purple Ribbon Walk: Monday, September 26, 2016, from 11:55 AM to 1:00 PM at the base of the Capitol steps on State Street. Join WIC for the Annual Purple Ribbon Walk around the Capitol. This annual silent walk/vigil is co-hosted by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and the Zonta Club of Madison. Please join us as we gather to publicly remember the women, men, and children killed in domestic violence homicides across our region in 2015. For more information, contact Zonta Club of Madison.
Purple Ribbon Walk
The Women's Initiatives Committee wishes to thank City of Madison 6000 for their generous donation of $300 towards the funding for WIC's Take Our Children to Work Day Event 2017!