Mary Bottari

Chief of Staff

Mary Bottari is Mayor Rhodes-Conway's Chief of Staff. Bottari worked in the Wisconsin Senate for Sen. Lynn Adelman, then in the U.S. Senate as Press Secretary for Sen. Russ Feingold. She later worked for the national consumer group Public Citizen on a host of consumer, worker and fair trade issues, and consequently served on Madison’s Committee on Sweatfree Purchases. She joined the Center for Media and Democracy in 2009, where she helped transform the organization into an award-winning national watchdog group focusing on democracy, environment and economic justice issues. She served on the advisory board of Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center in economic development and smart growth.

George Reistad

Food Policy Director

Lead Staff Responsibilities

  • Staff to the Madison Food Policy Council
  • Food policy research, development of food programming, serve as city representative on food related items

Boards, Commissions, & Committees

  • Madison Food Policy Committee
    • Community Engagement Work Group
    • Food Waste Task Force
    • Grant Funding Work Group
    • Healthy Marketing and Procurement Work Group
    • Healthy Retail Access Work Group
    • Pollinator Protection Work Group
    • Urban Agriculture Work Group
  • Public Market Development Committee
  • Agency Collaboration on Food Initiatives
  • Dane County Food Council
  • Dane County Food Coalition
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative
  • Alliance for a Healthy South Madison

Tariq Saqqaf

Neighborhood Resource Coordinator

Lead Staff Responsibilities

  • Neighborhood Resource Teams/Special Needs Neighborhoods
  • Staff to the Education Committee
  • Madison Out-of-School Time (MOST) Initiative
  • Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJ)

Boards, Commissions, & Committees

  • Education Committee

Administrative Staff

Laila D'Costa

Administrative Coordinator

  • Manage appointments to City boards, committees, and commissions
  • Sister City Collaboration Committee

Diana du Cini

Mayoral Office Clerk

  • Receptionist & phone
  • Proclamations & recognition requests
  • Contract routing
  • Administrative support to Deputy Mayors and Administrative Coordinator

Thomas Lund

Mayoral Office Clerk


Scheduler and administrative support to:

  • Deputy Mayors
  • Food Policy Director, including Food Policy related committee meetings
  • Neighborhood Resource Coordinator, including NRT committee meetings

Nicole Stevens

Executive Assistant to the Mayor

  • Mayor's Scheduler
  • Secretary to Mayor Rhodes-Conway