Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff has named Randy Romanski deputy secretary and Angela James assistant deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, it was announced last week. In addition, Pfaff has also appointed six members of his management team, including five division administrators and the communications director.
“I am grateful that Randy and Angela have accepted positions in DATCP’s leadership team,” said Pfaff. “Their combined experience in government administration, policy development and external relations will be invaluable as we work to carry out DATCP’s mission to partner with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.”
Deputy secretary Romanski has held leadership roles at multiple state agencies. He previously served as DATCP’s deputy secretary and secretary under Gov. Jim Doyle, working on issues such as farmland preservation, local foods, farm-to-school and renewable energy. Romanski has also served as the executive assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Since 2011, Romanski has been serving as the safety program chief in the Department of Transportation’s Division of State Patrol. Earlier in his career, he held staff positions in the state Legislature, both in the Senate and Assembly. He has also served as a policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Originally from Wisconsin Rapids, Romanski earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls and his master’s degree from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison.
Before joining the department, assistant deputy secretary James was an attorney in private practice. Her experience includes work with water quality matters including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting, Total Maximum Daily Load engagement and nutrient trading.
Prior to entering private practice, James was an attorney with a large Midwestern-based law firm, served with the Wisconsin paper industry and was responsible for environmental compliance as the in-house counsel at an integrated gas and electric utility. Through these positions, James also gained significant hands-on experience in air, water, waste and OSHA regulations. She currently serves as a commissioner and secretary of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. James has bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from UW-Madison.
“DATCP is a department with a very broad scope and broad range of responsibilities,” added Pfaff. “Randy, Angela and I look forward to working with our management team and the tremendous agency staff to deliver efficient and effective programs and services to Wisconsin agriculture, consumers, and businesses.”
Additional appointments include: Steve Ingham, Division of Food and Recreational Safety administrator; Krista Knigge, Division of Agricultural Development administrator; Kelly Smithback, Division of Management Services administrator; Lara Sutherlin, Division of Trade and Consumer Protection administrator; Sara Walling, Division of Agricultural Resource Management administrator; and Grace Colás, communications director. Pfaff will announce additional appointments as they are made.