DWD Leadership

Transition Director Amy Pechacek

Deputy Secretary Robert Cherry Jr.

DWD Deputy Secretary Robert Cherry Jr.

Cherry served as Chief Development and Partnership Officer for Employ Milwaukee. Cherry earned his Bachelor of Science degree at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has extensive experience in community organizing, overseeing budget activities, and implementing community programs and policy initiatives.

During his tenure at Employ Milwaukee, Cherry created the Office of Career Exploration, which is dedicated to enhancing the workforce skills of individuals 18 to 24 years old in Milwaukee County. He has a background in strategic planning related to communications, marketing, and fundraising. Additionally, he has developed and led symposiums to engage state and community leaders to improve upon policies that effectively assist individuals in poverty in Wisconsin.

Deputy Secretary Cherry is an experienced and strategically focused leader in the fields of workforce development and public policy. His passion around economic support and advancement will serve Wisconsin well.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Danielle Williams

DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams is the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development.

Williams worked in the State Legislature for over 12 years, during which time she served as Legislative 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, Senate Workforce Development Committee, Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, and Be Bold Wisconsin Competitiveness Report Steering Committee.

Williams most recently directed government relations for Dane County, where she had previously served as a County Board Supervisor. Williams represented the Town of Cottage Grove, Town of Pleasant Springs, and the Village of Cottage Grove, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

Williams grew up in Rock County and graduated from Milton High School. 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.

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