Deputy Secretary JoAnna Richard
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

DWD Deputy Secretary JoAnna Richard

JoAnna Richard is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development. Ms. Richard has nearly 30 years of experience working in and around state government, having served in the State Assembly, State Senate, and Departments of Justice, Workforce Development, and Health Services.

She grew up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

She also has local government experience, having served on the Dane County Board of Supervisors and eight years on the Middleton City Council. She is also very active in her community in the Middleton Kiwanis Club and as a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

She and her husband, Paul, live in Middleton and have 2 adult sons, Andy and Eddie.

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