Walker appoints Nowak to PSC

    Gov. Scott Walker has appointed Ellen Nowak to serve on the Public Service Commission (PSC).
    Nowak joins Chairman Phil Montgomery and Commissioner Eric Callisto on the commission.
    Among other functions, the PSC sets utility rates in Wisconsin.
    “Ellen’s experience and unique skill set will be a great addition to the Public Service Commission,” Walker said. “An important role of the Public Service Commission is to ensure fairness and responsibility when it comes to utility costs and quality for Wisconsin consumers, and I know that Ellen will fulfill her duties with zeal.”
    Nowak comes to the PSC after serving as chief of staff to Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas. Prior to her service in Waukesha, Nowak was legal counsel to the Speaker’s office in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2002-2006 and promoted to chief of staff in 2006.
    Vrakas said, "Ellen Nowak has served the citizens of Waukesha County with integrity and dedication.  Governor Walker has chosen wisely and Ellen will be an outstanding member of the Public Service Commission."
    “I thank Governor Walker for the opportunity to serve my fellow Wisconsinites on the Public Service Commission,” Nowak said. “I look forward to the important work ahead of us and serving with Chairman Montgomery and Commissioner Callisto.”
    Drew Petersen, vice president of external relations and corporate communications for TDS Telecommunications Corp., said, “We applaud Governor Walker for recognizing the need to install a seasoned public policy expert in the critical communications leadership position of commissioner to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Ellen Nowak is a thoughtful legislative and regulatory tactician, strong communicator, and experienced administrative manager. Her executive background and ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously will be a tremendous attribute to the (PSC).”
    – BizTimes Milwaukee

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