Kurt Paulsen grew up in Wausau in the 80s when the Packers and the Badgers weren't very good. He and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Dane County for graduate school at UW-Madison in the mid 90s.

Kurt and Evelyn have 3 children who attend Middleton public schools. They have been active in their community, volunteering in the schools and with youth sports and Girl Scouts (Evelyn as troop leader, Kurt as official cookie taster).


He is a lifelong Packers, Badgers, and Brewers fan. When not at work, Kurt and his family love traveling to baseball stadiums, big cities, and national parks.  He is an accomplished pun-master.


Kurt earned graduate degrees in economics and public administration from UW, and completed his PhD in urban planning and policy at Rutgers in New Jersey. Kurt is currently a professor of urban planning at UW-Madison, where he teaches and researches local government finance, housing, and land use.


Kurt has served on the City of Middleton Plan Commission and served as the Chair of the Workforce Housing Committee for five years.

In his work across the state of Wisconsin, Kurt is a passionate advocate for local government and for affordable housing. A self-described "local government nerd," Kurt watched his father get elected to the city council and county board when he was in high school and has been interested in local government ever since.