About Lisa

Speaking NRTLisa has represented the 78th District in the State Assembly since January, 2015. In the State Legislature, Lisa has been a progressive leader in the State Assembly and currently serves on the Health Committee, Children and Families Committee, Public Benefits Committee, Urban and Local Affairs Committee, and Committee on Family Law. She has been a leader in the fight to strengthen public education, support our universities, protect access to women’s health care, ensure access to health care for all, protect and preserve our environment, and to ensure social and economic justice.

Lisa previously served on Madison’s City Council from 2011 through 2015. As a City Council member, Lisa was a leader on transportation, public safety, housing, and equity issues. She has successfully worked to bring much needed services to vulnerable neighborhoods, expanded access to public transit, improved public safety, and protected vital community services.

Lisa Subeck has been a Madison resident for 25 years. She moved to Madison in 1989 to attend the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in 1993. Upon graduation, Lisa decided to make Madison her home and became involved in her community through volunteer work. In addition to volunteering as a mentor through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dane County, Lisa has volunteered with the YWCA Racial Justice programs and at the Wisconsin Youth and Family Center. She has served as President and Treasurer of Woodhill Condominium Association, where she has been a board member for more than 10 years. She was a member of the Southwest Neighborhood Plan Steering Committee and has been a community leader working to strengthen our neighborhoods.

Lisa began her professional career in early childhood education as a Pre-School Teacher. She worked as a teacher and a child care Center Director from 1993 to 1998 and then as a Program Manager and Family Advocate for the local Head Start and Early Head Start programs from 1998 to 2003. She also served on the board of the Wisconsin Head Start Association and has been a long-time advocate for affordable high-quality early childhood education for all children.

While working for the Early Head Start program, Lisa helped launch Hope House, a program for young homeless women with infants and toddlers, and served as the program’s Coordinator until taking a position as a Program Coordinator at the YWCA Madison. At the YWCA, she coordinated transitional housing and tenant and financial education programs for women and families who were homeless or at risk of homelessness. While working at the YWCA from 2003 to 2009, Lisa became more engaged in advocacy at the city, county, and state level and has been a tireless advocate on issues affecting the lives of women and families in our community.

In 2009, Lisa became the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, where she worked until 2012. In this role, Lisa worked to pass policies into law to ensure every woman has access to the full range of reproductive health care choices. Her work helped result in the passage of expanded Medicaid family planning coverage, standards for high-quality comprehensive sex education in our schools, comprehensive insurance coverage for birth control, and a prescription protection law to ensure no woman is turned away at the pharmacy counter when filling her prescription for contraceptives.


Since 2012, Lisa has served as the Executive Director of United Wisconsin, where she works on a broad range of progressive policy issues. Highlights include fighting for adequate funding for public education and fighting the privatization of  our schools, working for campaign finance reform, and leading the way on voting rights.

Lisa also serves as the State Chairwoman for Democratic Municipal Officials and has served on the Executive Board of the Democratic Party of Dane County. Prior to serving on the City Council, Lisa was appointed to Madison’s Equal Opportunity Commission, Community Services Committee, and Community Development Authority Housing Operations Subcommittee. During her time on the Council, Lisa has served on the city’s Board of Estimates (budget committee), Alcohol License Review Committee, Transit and Parking Commission, ADA Transit Subcommittee, Pedestrian Bike and Motor Vehicle Commission, Committee on Sweat-Free Purchases, and Community Services Committee.

In the State Legislature, Lisa will continue bringing people together for common sense solutions to the challenges our communities face.  Her ongoing priorities include expanding access to health care and protecting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions; fighting for adequate funding for our public schools, technical colleges, and the UW; and protecting Wisconsin’s clean air and clean water. As a progressive and effective leader, Lisa is committed to providing accessible, responsive, and accountable representation to residents of the 78th District and will work to ensure Wisconsin’s future as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.


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