Assistant Deputy Secretary John Fandrich

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

photo of DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary John Fandrich

John Fandrich joined the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in May 2013 and is the agency's Assistant Deputy Secretary, one of the top three leadership positions at the agency. As the Assistant Deputy Secretary, he works closely with the state legislature, Congress, employers, and other partners to advance the agency's charge to strengthen and develop Wisconsin's workforce.

With over 1,600 employees and an annual budget of over $450 million, DWD works with employers to fill jobs, provides training and employment services to workers, assists people with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation programs, enforces workers' rights, and administers Unemployment Insurance and Worker's Compensation programs.

Prior to his appointment, Assistant Deputy Secretary Fandrich worked at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) for 14 years, most recently as that agency's Economic Development Officer. During his tenure at DOT, he also previously served as a budget and policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Budget and was the program officer for the DOT's Surplus Real Estate program.

As the Program Officer for WisDOT, Assistant Deputy Secretary Fandrich oversaw the return of $30 million dollars of real estate to the local tax roles that had previously been purchased for highway construction purposes. The revenues created from this program went on to fund other transportation projects throughout the State of Wisconsin and also allowed for private sector economic development opportunities.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Fandrich has also worked in the private sector as the Operations Accountant at Generac Portable Products (since acquired by Briggs & Stratton Corporation) from 1997 to 1999 and worked as the Assistant Controller at Polymer Technologies in Whitewater from 1995 to 1997.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Fandrich grew up in the Portage area and attended Lakeland College in Sheboygan, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He has also completed credits towards a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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