Deputy Secretary Christopher E. Hagerup
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Christopher E. Hagerup is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). As the second-highest ranking executive at DWD, Deputy Secretary Hagerup oversees all operational aspects of DWD, which includes six divisions and approximately 1,600 employees. He was appointed Deputy Secretary in October 2017 after serving more than a year as Administrator of DWD's Division of Operations.
Deputy Secretary Hagerup brings more than 30 years of experience to his current role, including most recently as FEMA's Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where he was in charge of the agency's relations with state and local officials, Indian tribes, and national trade associations. He also served as FEMA's Intergovernmental Affairs lead during complicated response efforts in more than a dozen disasters, including Hurricanes Sandy, Ike, and Gustav, and as FEMA's Liaison to the City of Joplin during response to the 2011 tornado.
From 1985 to 2008, Deputy Secretary Hagerup held a variety of key positions at several law firms and companies in Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin, where he was involved with business consulting, regulatory law, and appellate litigation in the federal courts. He also served as an appointee to President Reagan and George W. Bush.
Deputy Secretary Hagerup earned his law degree at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School.