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DNR Secretary Cole Adds to Leadership Team

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole announced additional appointments to his leadership team.

Todd Ambs has been named DNR assistant deputy secretary. He served as DNR Water Division administrator from 2003 to 2010 and has worked in the environmental-policy field for more than 35 years, most recently as the director of Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition. He has extensive experience in both state government and nonprofit organizations, including serving as executive director of two statewide river organizations, as policy director for the Ohio attorney general and as senior policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Eric Ebersberger has been named interim DNR budget director for the DNR Office of Management and Budget. His public-service experience goes back more than 25 years, including working as deputy administrator in the Environmental Management Division, as chief of the Water Use Section within the Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater, as an analyst and manager in the Bureau of Management and Budget and as an attorney in the Bureau of Legal Services.

Ben Van Pelt has been named DNR legislative liaison. He most recently worked for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, where he served as the director of community advocacy and director of government relations. He was also an aide in the Wisconsin State Legislature starting in 2012, and he worked for State Senator Julie Lassa from 2013 to 2016.