Jennifer Esser, assistant deputy secretary
Jen Esser serves as the Department of Transportation's Assistant Deputy Secretary. In this role, she oversees and manages legislative activities/relationships for the department, including providing testimony at legislative and public hearings.
Jen came to WisDOT from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin where she served as executive assistant to the commissioner and as acting division administrator of Water, Telecommunications and Consumer Affairs. She served for 16 years in the Wisconsin State Legislature working in several different roles, including chief of staff to a number of state senators. Jen earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Edgewood College, and she completed her graduate certificate in strategic communication management from Purdue University in 2015.