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Scott Resnick (born December 5, 1986) is a tech business executive and former alderman of the Common Council in City of Madison, Wisconsin, representing the 8th District from 2011-2015. The 8th District incorporates areas including: State Street, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, and Spring Street neighborhood.

Personal lifeEdit

Scott Resnick graduated from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Legal Studies. He married his wife, Kelly, in 2013.[1]

Resnick is well known for his work in the entrepreneurship community in Madison. He was instrumental in the creation of Hardin Design & Development, a web development company founded by his former dorm neighbor, Jon Hardin.[2] Resnick currently serves as the company's Chief Operating Officer.[3]

Political lifeEdit


On April 8, 2011, Resnick was elected to his first term on the Common Council. He beat opponent Kyle Szarzynski by a vote total 1180 to 880 (57% to 42%). There was no incumbent in the race.


On April 2, 2013, Resnick was re-elected to the Madison Common Council. His opponent, Christian Hansen, withdrew from the race late in the election season, allowing Resnick to win reelection unopposed. Following his reelection, the Madison Common Council voted Resnick to be the Council's pro tem, second in line in Council authority to that term's Council President, Chris Schmidt.[4]

Aldermanic careerEdit

In 2012, Resnick introduced and passed Wisconsin's first open data ordinance. The ordinance made all datasets created by public employees of the City available to the public for free. The entrepreneurship community greatly supported this initiative and enabled developers to create innovative web and mobile applications using city data.[5]

Scott served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Moped Parking, the Downtown Coordinating Committee, Economic Development Committee, Joint Southeast Campus Area Committee, Madison Cultural Arts District Board, and Vending Oversight Committee.

2015 mayoral raceEdit

On July 21, 2014, Resnick officially announced his candidacy for the 2015 Madison mayoral election. Scott pledged to use his campaign and potential administration as vehicles for introducing innovative, 21st century thinking to city government. Commentators noted that Resnick "does have a certain amount of political muscle at his back," and labeled him as a strong contender in the race against four competitors, including incumbent mayor Paul Soglin. [6]

Resnick advanced through the February mayoral primary, placing second with 23.3% of the vote.[7] However, he was soundly defeated in the April general election, where Soglin won over 70% of the voters.[8]

StartingBlock MadisonEdit

Following his campaign for mayor and end of his time on the Common Council, Resnick was announced as the executive director of StartingBlock, a Madison "entrepreneurial hub" dedicated to supporting local start-up businesses.[9] Resnick oversaw the completion of StartingBlock's initial fundraising campaign and served as executive director until 2017, when he switched roles to become StartingBlock's entrepreneur-in-residence.[10]


  1. ^ Mosiman, Dean. Scott Resnick says he brings new ideas, new attitude. Wisconsin State Journal, 29 January 2015
  2. ^ Scott Resnick '09 and Jon Hardin '08: 2012 Forward Under 40 Honoree. Wisconsin Alumni Association, 1 March 2012
  3. ^ "Hardin Design & Development". Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  4. ^ Eucalano, Sarah. Resnick voted pro tem city council president. The Badger Herald, 17 April 2013
  5. ^ "We Talk with Madison City Council Man Scott Resnick". Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "Scott Resnick Emphasizes Innovation and Cooperation as Mayor". Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Davidoff, Judith. Soglin, Resnick survive primary, sparring begins. Isthums 18 February 2015.
  8. ^ Frett, Michael. Paul Soglin to serve eighth term as Madison mayor. The Daily Cardinal, 8 April 2015.
  9. ^ White, Laurel. Scott Resnick named executive director of StartingBlock. The Capital Times, 23 June 2015
  10. ^ Lorenzsonn, Erik. StartingBlock leader Resnick to shift roles in project. The Capital Times, 8 February 2017