The Multicultural Affairs Committee (MAC) is comprised of City of Madison employees and charged with addressing issues of concern to City of Madison employees from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.


  1. To exchange information and ideas relating to workplace diversity and inclusion.
  2. To set goals and make recommendations for providing equal opportunities and an inclusive working environment.
  3. To develop support networks for employees who identify with historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
  4. To serve as a resource for the Mayor, departments, and agencies as they work toward meeting diversity goals.
  5. To support activities that celebrate diversity, multicultural awareness, and engagement of all employees.


Any City employee may seek membership after attending two meetings. Meetings are open to the public, and all employees are welcome to attend.


Meets: 3rd Wednesday of Month; 11:30 am
Agency: Department of Civil Rights
(608) 266-4910
Authority: Madison General Ordinance (MGO) 33.27
Chair: Binta Ceesay
Vice Chair: Mahanth Joishy
Secretary: Neeyati Shah
Agendas: Meeting Schedule


Multicultural Affairs Committee

(left to right) Tracy Lomax, Melissa Gombar, Binta Ceesay, Byron Bishop, Amy Deming, Karl Van Lith, Neeyati Shah, Nancy Saiz, Michael Miller, Carla Garces, Deon Carruthers, Mahanth Joishy


  • Active Members

  • Binta Ceesay 
  • Mahanth Joishy
  • Neeyati Shah
  • Amy Deming
  • Carla Garces
  •  David Coy
  • Michael Miller
  • Nancy Saiz
  • Tariq Saqqaf
  • Associate Members

  • Lindsay Bessick
  • Garfield Cunningham
  • Norman Davis
  •  Siera Garcia
  • Melissa Gombar
  • Erin Hillson
  • Jerrett Jones
  • Hailey Krueger
  • Tracy Lomax