About Us

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened its doors after nearly 60 years of debate on July 18, 1997. It was first designed by Wisconsin native and internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938 as a cultural, governmental and recreational building. Wright reworked the design several times between 1938 and 1958 before signing off on the final plans seven weeks before his death in 1959.

Madison voters approved referenda to construct Monona Terrace – on the same site Wright had originally proposed – as a community and convention center in 1992. While Wright´s design was used for the building´s exterior, the interior was redesigned by Wright apprentice and Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam to house state-of-the-art exhibition, meeting and public space.

Today, nearly 390,000 people say “see you at Monona Terrace” each year. From formal events like conventions and conferences to public events like Dane Dances, Monona Terrace has a wide geographic draw, attracting local, regional, state and international events each year.

Board of Directors

The Monona Terrace is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors committed to the ongoing success of the facility.

Glenn KriegChair
Chief Financial Officer, Morgan Murphy Media
Alice O´ConnorVice-Chair
Principal, Constituency Services Inc.
Judy KarofskySecretary
Principal, Real Estate Insites, LLC
Mark Clarke
Executive Director, Alliant Energy Center
Chet Gerlach
President, Chet Gerlach Government Consulting
Door County Bike Tours
Ricardo Gonzalez
Partner, Cardinal Associates, LLC
Jane Richardson
Independent, Nonprofit Organization Management Professional
Mark Richardson
President, Unfinished Business, LLC
Jim Ring
President/CEO, Park Towne
Susan Sabatke
Meetings Director, International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association
Tom Solheim
Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP
George Gillis
Dane County Board of Supervisors
Mike Verveer
Alderperson, City of Madison
Thomas J. Ziarnik
General Manager, DoubleTree By Hilton, Madison

For more information on the activities of the Monona Terrace Board of Directors, including meeting schedules, agendas, minutes and upcoming vacancies and opportunities to serve, visit the City of Madison Website