DATCP Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff. Submitted photo
DATCP Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff. Submitted photo

MADISON, WI – Brad Pfaff was selected as the secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) by Governor Tony Evers last December.

This is the position formerly held by Sheila Harsdorf who was appointed by former Gov. Walker.

Pfaff has spent most of his career working on behalf of Wisconsin farmers and rural residents at the local, state and federal level.

Pfaff grew up on his family’s dairy farm in La Crosse County. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and his master’s degree from George Mason University.

Prior to his appointment, Pfaff was the deputy chief of staff to U.S. Representative Ron Kind. He has also served as the executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, overseeing the implementation of federal crop assistance programs, the Conservation Reserve Program, and federal farm loan programs.

Previously, Pfaff was a staff member for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl and served on the La Crosse County Board. Pfaff and his family live in Onalaska.

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 (DATCP). 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."

Consumer Protection (DATCP). In addition, Pfaff has also appointed six members of his management team, including five division administrators and the communications director.

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.