Joel Brennan
Secretary of the Department of Administration

Joel Brennan was selected as the secretary of the Department of Administration by Gov. Tony Evers and began his role on January 2019. Before his appointment, Joel served as president and chief executive officer of Discovery World in Milwaukee for 2007-2019. Prior to that, he served as the head of Milwaukee’s Redevelopment Authority. Joel also served as vice president of development and government affairs for the Greater Milwaukee Convention & Visitors Bureau (now Visit Milwaukee). Early in his career, he also worked in government relations at Miller Brewing Company. Joel has a bachelor’s degree in English from Marquette University. He was selected as a Harris Fellow at the University of Chicago and earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

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