Walker announces administrative appointments

Governor Scott Walker recently announced the following administrative appointments: Ray Allen, secretary, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and Lon Roberts, secretary, Department of Financial Institutions (DFI).

Ray Allen served at DFI for over 18 years, including four as deputy secretary and most recently as secretary. Allen has extensive experience in state government, also serving as an appointee in the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Employment Relations, Director of the State Office of Employee Development and Training, and as Executive Director of the Technology for Education Achievement Board. Allen has been active in the Madison area community, serving on many community boards and commissions, and was elected to three terms on the Madison School Board. The Milwaukee native received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his Master of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

Lon Roberts retired in December of 2015 as a partner and shareholder with the Ruder Ware law firm in Wausau, where he served as president and concentrated his practice in business and commercial law, primarily in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, finance, lending, and private equity capital transactions. His community involvement includes his service as president of the Grand Theatre Foundation and past president of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Wisconsin Law Foundation and has annually received the Best Lawyers in America recognition for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law since 2007. Roberts was appointed as chair of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) in 2012 and committee member of the Judicial Selection Advisory Committee (JSAC) in 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.