Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, August 19, 2016

Policy training serves Eskrich well as city council member

Policy training serves Eskrich well as city council member

In a recent article on Madison’s diverse 13th Aldermanic District, The Cap Times highlighted the work of Sara Eskrich (MPA/MPH ’15), who has represented the district since April 2015.

Development proposals throughout her district have occupied much of Eskrich’s first 16 months in office. When confronted with difficult decisions on complex topics, she told reporter Todd Milewski, Eskrich relies on her policy training.

“Especially when things are controversial, it’s helpful to go back to the policy and the standards of approval, and recognizing that we have the underlying zoning and policy and conditions of approval for conditional use for a reason,” she said in the article. “And if we stick with those, we are being accountable. And if those at an underlying level are not right or need to change, that’s a different conversation than responding project to project.”

District 13 borders Lake Wingra’s northern shore, extends to Lake Monona, and includes neighborhoods along Monroe Street, Park Street, Wingra Drive, West Washington Avenue, Regent Street, and John Nolen Drive.

Eskrich also serves on several boards, commissions, and committees, including the Community Development Authority, Board of Estimates, Affirmative Action Commission, and Zoo Commission. A 2005 graduate of Verona High School, earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and in gender and women’s studies from UW-Madison in 2009.