Assistant Deputy Secretary David G. Anderson

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

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Dave Anderson was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development in December 2013. Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson brings extensive experience in senior policy, management and constituent relations to his role.

A native of Hazelhurst, Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson is a 1978 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies and German. He started his professional career as a High School German Teacher in Minocqua. While teaching, he was elected to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors and was a Supervisor, and later Chairman, for the Town of Hazelhurst.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson's state government experience includes roles as Director of Appointments for former Governor Tommy G. Thompson and, later, the Director of the Governor's Northern Office in Hayward. He also served as a Policy Advisor and was the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. He was Policy Director for Governor Scott McCallum in 2002 before moving to the private sector as Government Relations Director for the Ruder Ware Law Firm in Wausau.

During his career, Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson served as a top adviser to former U.S. Senator Robert W. Kasten, Jr., former Congressman Tom Petri of Fond du Lac and, most recently, current Congressman Sean Duffy of Wausau.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson is a member of the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Circus World Museum Foundation, and the Board of Advisors of the Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy and Service. He is a former chairman of the Board of Directors for UW-Superior Alumni Association and also serves as President of the UW-Superior Foundation Board of Directors.

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