The MDC would like to express our gratitude for the hard and impactful work of Council member Deb Coen, who announced her resignation from the Council last night. Deb was first elected to serve in 2018 and re-elected in 2021, with enthusiastic support from the MDC.
Under her leadership, Madison benefited in many ways as Deb offered a unique and important perspective on how to bring the community together and represent voices that are not always heard. One highlight was the introduction of the Community Conversation series of events starting with “Getting to know Your Neighbor.” Deb recognized that Madison could only grow stronger if we came together and got to know each other better.
More recent accomplishments included the creation of the Ad Hoc Advisory Diversity Committee which has a “mission to plan educational and social events that will bring the community together and encourage more diverse residents to volunteer for Boards and Committees within Madison.” Deb also has led the effort to renovate the Dodge Field playground to be more inclusive to the needs of all residents.
Despite stepping down from Council, as demonstration of her commitment to Madison, Deb shared that she plans to continue to support these two efforts. All residents can honor the work of Deb’s by supporting these initiatives and by being good neighbors to each other. After all, none of us know what someone is going through and acts of kindness go a long way.
MDC co-Chairs Alix Jennings and Christine Preston shared: “Deb Coen has served Madison with her heart and soul these past years and her legacy will continue with whoever is appointed to serve in her place. We would like to thank her for her years of dedication. Madison is lucky to have people like Deb who answer the call to serve and put so much into giving back to Madison. The MDC would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Deb and wish her all the best going forward.”.