Hi, I'm Syed.
Thanks for visiting my site. I moved to Madison with my wife, Holly, a lifelong Badger. I quickly fell in love with Madison: the people, the culture, the Midwestern values, and the opportunities the city afforded to me. I have always had a passion to serve the community so once we were settled in Eken Park I started getting involved. My neighbors gave me such a warm welcome that I wanted to advocate for them, starting in the neighborhood where I'm raising my family. My children were born while we lived in Eken Park and I'm more invested than ever in keeping the north and east sides of Madison a great place to live for all people, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds.
In 2019, I was honored when you elected me as the alderman for District 12. I did not take you electing me for granted and I went straight to work advocating for you on the Common Council. These past two years I've championed housing for everyone, environmental social justice, safe communities and racial justice, sustainability and working on policies to protect our communities from COVID 19.
In addition, in April 2020 after one year of service on the City Council, my fellow alders trusted me and elected me to the leadership position of Vice President of the Madison City Council.
Before you elected me as alderman for District 12, I volunteered on several committees, actively advocating for the community, serving as Co-Chair of the Eken Park Neighborhood Association, Vice Chair and citizen member of the Public Safety Review Committee, member of the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee, and member of the Task Force on Equity in Music and Entertainment.
When not raising my two children with my dear wife, Holly, or working on City Council issues, I work as an energy efficiency business development manager for an independent nonprofit that advances sustainability through energy consulting, continuing education, research and program design. I've worked in a variety of roles in my professional life and earned a master's degree in public policy and human development from United Nations University.
Originally from Pakistan, I worked really hard to get where I am today. It is with that determined attitude and strong work ethic that I will advocate for you. To learn more about me, please explore my site and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you!
Cooper Talbot, Eken Park Resident & Show Host on WORT
Maggie Freespirit, Eken Park Neighborhood Association & IBEW Local 159
Syed is proudly endorsed by the following individuals & organizations
Samba Baldeh, Wisconsin State Assembly District 48 and Alder District 17
Shiva Bidar, Alder District 5 and Former President Madison Common Council
Tag Evers, Alder District 13th
Gloria Reyes, President MMSD School Board
Michele Ritt, Dane County Supervisor District 18
Yogesh Chawla, Dane County Supervisor District 6
Brian Benford, Former Alder District 12
Nada Elmikashfi, Former Candidate for State Senate District 26
Local Neighborhood Associations Leaders
Cooper Talbot, Co-Chair of Eken Park Neighborhood Association
Catie Shannon, Former Co-Chair of Eken Park Neighborhood Association
Renee Walk, Former President of Sherman Neighborhood Association
Lesleigh Luttrell, Former President of Sherman Neighborhood Association
Sara Hinkel, Former Co-Chair of Emerson East Neighborhood Association
Local Community Leaders
James Powell, Lead Organizer, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization and Former Organizer, Progressive Dane
Masood Akhtar, President of United Against Hate
Oscar Mireles, Executive Director of Omega School & City of Madison Poet Laurette
Juan José López, Vice Chair Latino Chamber of Commerce
Steve Starkey, District 12 Community Activist, LGBT Advocate
Raj Shukla, Executive Director of River Alliance of Wisconsin
Marge Anderson, Board Chair of Green Building Council, USGBC Wisconsin
Fiona Stoner, District 12 Community Activist
Beth Sluys, Northside Madison Activist and 2020 North Star Award Winner
Paul Noeldner, Wisconsin Master Naturalist and Chair of Friends of Hartmeyer
Maggie Freespirit, Community Activist and IBEW Local 159
Anthony Whitaker, Community Activist and Former Candidate for District 12
Ankeita Bharadwaj, Community Activist and Member of Community Oversight Board
Stay tuned for more endorsements