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On September 12, 2011 Chris was appointed to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Administration after serving as Executive Assistant to Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch since July 6th. In his current role Chris serves as the Secretary's chief aide in overseeing Department operations.
Chris joined State government in January, 2011 as Administrator for the Division of Energy Services with a primary charge to help develop a state energy policy. In addition, the Division is charged with administering the State's low-income programs related to energy bill assistance and weatherization. Over $250 million is distributed annually through the Division's activities to support the State’s most vulnerable citizens. In July, the State Energy Office was merged into the Division.
Prior to his appointment, Chris was employed by Alliant Energy in Madison, Wisconsin. He joined Alliant Energy in June of 2000 as Manager of External Communications. In this role, he was responsible for directing Alliant Energy's external and strategic communications activities, including issues management, media relations, and financial communications.
In June of 2004, Chris stepped into the newly created position of Senior Manager of Federal Regulatory Affairs. As Senior Manager, Chris focused on federal issues under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the development of regional and national wholesale energy markets, and implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
In September 2006, Chris moved to Washington D.C to head Alliant Energy's federal office and assume responsibility for the company's federal legislative relationships.
Chris returned to Wisconsin in June of 2008 as Director of Sales and Strategic Accounts. In this capacity, he led a 40-member team charged with relationship management for Alliant Energy's largest customers.
Prior to joining Alliant, Chris spent the first 20 years of his career at We Energies in Milwaukee. Chris was involved in a variety of areas including investor relations, system and project development, government relations, communications, infrastructure siting, and strategic planning.
While at We Energies, Chris developed and implemented a state and national educational campaign which advocated change to a more competitive electric power industry. Chris also served as team leader of corporate communications and as chief corporate spokesperson. In early 1996, he worked with a small team to develop and implement one of the country's first and most successful green pricing initiatives. From mid-1998 until he joined Alliant Energy, Chris served as senior strategist, focusing on competitive market development and renewable energy strategy for We Energies.
Chris has a degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with his wife, Diane.
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