Office of the Secretary

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

Neitzel photo.jpgEllen 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 

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John Hogan, Deputy Secretary

John Hogan was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Administration on January 12, 2015. He was appointed Deputy Secretary on May 7, 2018.

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.

Deputy Secretary Hogan's bio


Steve Michels, Assistant Deputy Secretary

Steve Michels was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Administration on May 7, 2018.

Steve has been with the Department of Administration since 2016, when he began serving as the Director of Communications. Prior to his appointment at DOA, Steve served in multiple capacities over five years at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. First as legal counsel managing economic development contracts and general legal counsel. Steve also served as the Public Affairs and Communications Director handling external communications promoting WEDC’s work to advance Wisconsin’s economy.

Steve grew up in Waukesha County and lives in Delafield with his wife and two boys. Steve has a law degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Michels bio