Joel Nilsestuen, assistant deputy secretary
Joel Nilsestuen serves as the assistant deputy secretary. In this role, he oversees and manages legislative activities for the department, providing testimony at legislative and public hearings.
Since 2017, Joel has led government relations and community outreach for University Wisconsin Whitewater. He previously served as the executive director of the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association and in the legislature as a legislative and policy director.
Joel graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Joel and his wife live in Madison and have two young children. You can reach the Office of the Secretary at (608) 266-1114 or DOTExec@dot.wi.gov.