City of

District 5

Alder Shiva Bidar

Alder Shiva Bidar

Alder Shiva Bidar,
Council President

Contact Information

Home Address:

2704 Kendall Ave
Madison , WI 53705

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service

About Alder Bidar

Shiva was first elected as District 5 alder in April 2009.  Before being elected as Alder, Shiva had been extremely involved in Madison's civic life by serving as a City Public Health Commissioner, a member of the Dane County Equal Opportunities Commission, the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Department of Civil Rights, and the Police and Fire Commission.  Shiva is the Co-chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County and an executive committee member of the Latino Support Network.

Shiva has over seventeen years of experience as a community relations and interpreter services professional. She has been instrumental in the development of language access policies and practices in Dane County, Wisconsin.

On a national level, she has worked extensively on issues of equal access to health care for limited English proficient individuals. She is fluent in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Farsi. Her experiences have included the development and management of relationships with key community groups and organizations, planning outreach and community partnerships, all facets of personnel management, complex schedule management, budget creation and management, as well as internal and external diversity training.

Shiva has been recognized with the following awards:

  • 2010 City-County MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award
  • 2005 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award
  • 2002 "One of the 50 most influential Madisonians" Madison Magazine
  • 2000 City of Madison/Dane County Public Health Award for Multicultural Health Care



BA, Université du Hainaut, Mons, Belgium
MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California