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Former Mayor Joe Sensenbrenner, who served from 1983 until losing to Paul Soglin in 1989, has been busily serving on a variety of boards and working as an outside consultant.

"I do outside consulting for business and state and local governments in management improvement, the kinds of things we pioneered in Madison when I was mayor," Sensenbrenner, 57, said. "I've done seminars in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and many U.S. states."

His consulting work is closely related to the mayoral accomplishment of which he is most proud: Sensenbrenner transferred the "quality and productivity" techniques found in the business world to City Hall, so that government was focused on listening to the city's "customers" -- its citizens.

"Out of that we founded the Madison Area Quality Improvement Network, which still exists. I have served on the board continuously for almost 20 years."

Of course, he and his wife of 30 years, Mary Ellyn, also were busy raising their sons, Joe, now 28, and David, 26.

Currently, Sensenbrenner is chairman of the board and chief private investor of GUILD, an Internet and catalog home decor firm headquartered in Madison, and is board president of the Urban Open Space Foundation, which is spearheading the proposed Central Park on the near East Side.

He also is president of the board of Grassroots Leadership College, which has trained about 200 people, and is on the board of the Bartell Community Theatre.

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