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DWD Leadership

Secretary-designee, Amy Pechacek (pa-HA-check)

photo of Secretary-designee, Amy Pechcek

Amy is a government administration strategist with two decades of executive leadership experience, including serving as the Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and directing numerous public programs for Milwaukee County. Secretary-designee Pechacek has managed benefit administration, health and life safety functions, community development, criminal justice and juvenile detention reform, and other complex program services for multimillion-member constituencies. For the past decade she has been involved in public policy creation and implementation, and acted in advisory roles for various practice areas associated with local and large-scale governmental administration, specializing in crisis management for compliance related damage mitigation and program recovery. Amy began her career as a licensed private detective focused on fraud investigations, and has traveled the country extensively working undercover.

She received her master's degree in public policy and public administration from Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in sociology and criminal justice. Amy is also a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service's Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia.

Deputy Secretary Pamela McGillivray

DWD Deputy Secretary Pamela McGillivray

Pam was named the DWD Deputy Secretary in July 2021 and has been a member of DWD's leadership team since March 2019, serving a DWD's Chief Legal Counsel. As Chief Legal Counsel she managed DWD's Office of Legal Counsel and has overseen numerous high-level agency projects and personnel matters. She has served as the department's representative to the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change, the Governor's Task Force on Retirement Security, and the State Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and as the department's Tribal liaison.

Prior to joining DWD, Pam worked as an attorney at the Department of Health Services, advising the agency on personnel disputes, civil rights, and contract-related matters. Before her work for the state, Pam was a litigation attorney in private practice for over 16 years, most recently as a partner at McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC, a law firm dedicated to public service. Pam represented individuals and non-profit organizations seeking to remedy discrimination in employment and places of public accommodation, to correct constitutional wrongs for people arrested or imprisoned, and to protect our air and water through litigation.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School and received her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in history. Pam grew up on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior and now resides in Madison.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Danielle Williams

DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams was named the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development in January 2019. In that role, she directs the Offices of Legal Counsel, Communications, and Legislative Affairs and serves as the Secretary's Chief of Staff. She has served as the department's representative on the Governor's Joint Enforcement Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification, Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council, State Tribal Relations Technical Advisory Committee, and Wisconsin Economic Development Association Board of Directors.

Prior to joining DWD, Williams directed government relations for Dane County, where she had previously served as a County Board Supervisor. She also worked in the State Legislature for over 12 years, during which time she served as Policy Director for the Senate Minority Leader and Clerk of the Senate Economic Development Committee. She also staffed several legislative committees and state councils, including the Joint Finance Committee and Senate Workforce Development Committee.

Williams earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, her master’s degree in public policy from New England College, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Edgewood College. Williams grew up in Rock County and graduated from Milton High School.

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