Madison earned her B.A in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University with an additional major in Chinese Language and Culture. She earned her M.S in Sociology from North Carolina State University. While earning her graduate degree at North Carolina State University, she served as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation-funded research project that aimed to understand the drivers of school diversity or resegregation in five school districts in the southern United States. After earning her M.S degree, she worked as a senior analytic specialist at Wells Fargo, where she provided analytic support through data collection, trend analyses, forecasting, and predictive modeling. Her background in criminal justice, social science research, and data analysis led her to her next role as a senior research analyst at the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC). While at VADOC, she planned and executed evaluation studies that measured the effectiveness of re-entry programming. Currently, Madison is the Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) tracking system coordinator at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.