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Alder Barbara McKinney was elected to the Madison Common Council on April 2015, as the District 1 Alder. Barbara moved to Madison in 2005, due to family matters.
She went to high school in St Louis and attended college at the University of Missouri and received a bachelor degree in Special Education. She also went to grad school at the University of Southern Illinois. Barbara has been an adjunct instructor at Edgewood College teaching a class called 'Introduction to Restorative Justice'.
She was also the associate director of the Madison's Urban Ministry for nine years. Barbara hopes for the future of the city of Madison to have more equal opportunities and to bring District 1 together, to set and define priorities. Barbara collects bells. She owns two hundred bells and she enjoys public speaking.