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MADISON – Today, Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes announced their Next Generation Workforce and Economic Development Policy Advisory Council bringing experienced economic development stakeholders from across Wisconsin to work with the transition team on creating an economy that works for everyone.

“More than 800,000 families in Wisconsin can’t afford basic necessities. Investing in an economy that creates good-paying, family-supporting jobs for the people of Wisconsin is a top priority for our administration,” said Evers. “Our Next Generation Workforce and Economic Development Policy Advisory Council will help our transition team put together a comprehensive plan to support working families and foster an economic climate that attracts and retains a talented workforce.”

The Next Generation Workforce and Economic Development Policy Advisory Council includes:

  • Masood Akhtar, CleanTech Partners
  • Jan Allman, Marinette Marine
  • Stephanie Bloomingdale, AFL-CIO
  • Zach Brandon, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Julie Cayo, EMPLOY Milwaukee
  • Tina Chang, SysLogic and MMAC Board Member
  • Bruce Colburn, Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Kevin Conroy, Exact Sciences
  • Paul Ehrfurth, Oconto County Economic Development Corp.
  • Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Roberta Gassman, Former Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary
  • Sarah Godlewski, State Treasurer-Elect
  • Betsey Harries, Ashland Area Development Corporation
  • Paul Jadin, Madison Region Economic Partnership
  • Joe Kirgues, Gener8tor
  • Kim Kohlhaas, AFT-Wisconsin
  • Juan Jose Lopez, Department of Workforce Development Division of Employment and
  • Training, Latino Professionals Association of Greater Madison (LPA), Latino Chamber of
  • Commerce of Dane County
  • Terry McGowan, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 139
  • Bob Meyer, UW-Stout
  • Mahlon Mitchell, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin
  • Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Voces de la Frontera
  • Saul Newton, Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  • Chuck Pruitt, ABD Direct
  • Lisa Pugh, ARC Wisconsin
  • Jason Rae, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Peter Rickman, Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH)
  • Joel Rogers, COWS
  • Joanne Sabir, Sherman Phoenix, Juice Kitchen, and Shindig Cafe
  • Michael Waite, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
  • Dean Warsh, IBEW, Local 494

For additional information about Governor-elect Evers, Lt. Governor-elect Barnes, and the transition team, please visit

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