Office of the Secretary

Overview

The Executive Management Team of the Secretary's Office is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the agency. They also work closely with the Governor's Office and state agency heads to ensure the overall mission and vision of state government is carried out.

The Communications Office is responsible for coordinating messaging for the agency including responding to media requests and internal communications for the department.

The Office of Business Development works with business owners, trade associations, affiliated organizations and Chambers of Commerce throughout Wisconsin to ensure business has a seat at the table, advocate for business interests within government and present rule change recommendations to appropriate agency or the Legislature.

The Strategic Management and Planning (SMP) program focuses on improving the operational excellence of DOA through continuous improvement, performance management, and strategic planning. By engaging employees and stakeholders, the SMP team works​ to uncover, understand, and implement solutions to improve the work lives of employees and delivery of services to our customers, internal and statewide.

Executive Management Team

Secretary-designee - Kathy Blumenfeld

Secretary-designee Blumenfeld was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to lead the Department of Administration in January 2022. As secretary, she is committed to developing caring and diverse teams that are passionate about their jobs, and delivering effective, secure, and innovative services for other Wisconsin state agencies and the public. In this role, Secretary Blumenfeld serves on the Boards of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), The Wisconsin Center District and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). 

From 2019 to 2021, Secretary Blumenfeld led the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, where her priorities included financial literacy and protecting consumers from financial fraud.  In this role, Secretary Blumenfeld served on the board of the Wisconsin College Savings Program, the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and Capability, and chaired Governor Evers' Task Force on Student Debt.

Prior to state service, Ms. Blumenfeld was the Executive Vice President of Special Operations at TASC – the Total Administrative Services Corporation, leading a federal contract modernizing the workplace charitable giving program for all federal employees and retirees.

She previously served as Vice President of Lending & Payment Security at CUNA Mutual Group, where she​ worked for 26 years, co-founded the Women's Leadership Network, and served on the Diversity and Inclusion Council. She also served 10 years on the board of Summit Credit Union, culminating in the role of board chair, and recently served on the Unity Point Meriter Board of Directors.

Secretary-designee Blumenfeld began her career as a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of three books, and is passionate about community service, philanthropy, and tennis.  ​​​


Deputy Secretary - Chris Patton

Chris Patton was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Administration on January 8, 2019.  Chris' previous government service includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Assembly ​Democratic Leader, Policy Director to Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Director of the Wisconsin Office of Recovery & Reinvestment and various roles within DOA's Division of Gaming. Additionally, Chris served as Administration Operations Director at Epic from ​2011—2017. 

Chris is currently a member of the Wisconsin Education Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board.  Previously, Chris served as a Board Member for the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society and the City of Madison Personnel Commission.  In addition, Chris served as a Staff Director for the National Governors Association, the Midwestern Governors Association and the Council of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers.

Originally from Green Bay, Chris lives in Verona with his wife and 2 children. Chris is a 1997 graduate of UW River Falls with his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Public Administration. 


​​Assistant Deputy Secretary - Olivia Hwang

Olivia Hwang was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary on August 3, 2020. She also serves on the board of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.

Hwang previously served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI). While at OCI, Hwang was the commissioner's designee on the OCI-DHS Health Care Coverage Partnership Advisory Council, on the Governor's Council for Financial Literacy, on the Governor's Leadership Council on Early Years, and the PFAS Action Council. Hwang also served as the communications director in the Assembly Minority Leader's Office.

Before moving to Wisconsin, Hwang served in several statewide and national communications roles, including vice president of communications for Choices Coordinated Care Solutions and director of media and communications for the Louisiana Department of Health. She also served as the lead communications director for the State of Louisiana following the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and held leadership roles at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Hwang earned her degree in Political Science and English from Tulane University. She lives in Madison with her husband, Nick, and daughter, Evie.​