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 Lean Government Program works to foster collaboration between agencies to help state government operate more efficiently and share resources.
Executive Management Team
Ellen Nowak, Secretary
Ellen Nowak was appointed by Governor Scott Walker in March 2018 to serve as the Secretary for the Department of Administration. In July 2011, Ellen Nowak was appointed to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin by Governor Walker, and in March 2015 she was named Chairperson of the PSC of Wisconsin.
During her time at the Public Service Commission, Ellen served as the First Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Her duties at NARUC also included serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation. Ellen also served on the Advisory Council for New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities, the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute and the Advisory Committee for the Critical Consumers Issues Forum.
Prior to her appointments by Governor Walker, Ellen served as the chief of staff to Waukesha County Executive, Dan Vrakas. From 2002-2006, she served as legal counsel and subsequent chief of staff to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly. She also later worked as the deputy director of School Choice Wisconsin. From 1998-2002, Ellen practiced business litigation at Mallery & Zimmerman S.C. in Milwaukee.
Secretary Nowak has a law degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Secretary Nowak's bio
Cate Zeuske, Deputy Secretary
Cate Zeuske served Wisconsin for nearly 20 years in public office and leadership positions. Cate represented part of northeastern Wisconsin in the State Legislature for 4 terms, was elected statewide as State Treasurer and served in Governor Thompson’s Administration as Secretary of the Department of Revenue for 5 years.
In addition, Cate served as President of Forward Wisconsin—the state’s former Economic Development Marketing Agency and as Deputy of WHEDA.
Cate worked for a non-profit member organization for 14 years, serving as the Director of Administration for the Taxpayers Network, Inc. in Green Bay.
Cate is the past president of the North American Swiss Center in New Glarus, Wisconsin.
Cate volunteers for Green Bay community organizations and formerly served on the UWGB Council of Trustees and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral parish council. She is the founder of the Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament fundraiser for the State Capitol Restoration Fund.
Cate is a native of Shawano and graduate of UW-Madison. She is married to former State Assembly Speaker John Gard and they have two grown children. Their home is in Suamico, outside of Green Bay.
Deputy Secretary Zeuske's bio
John Hogan, Assistant Deputy Secretary
John Hogan was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Administration on January 12, 2015.
Prior to his appointment, John served as the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). Before Joining WHEDA, John worked in the State Senate Majority Leader's office where he was a senior staff member responsible for operations and day to day administration of the Wisconsin State Senate.
John was born in Green Bay and lives in Cottage Grove with his wife and three children. John is a 1998 graduate of UW-Madison with his bachelor of science degree in political science and international relations.
Assistant Deputy Secretary Hogan's bio