Virtual Chamber Chat: Deputy Secretary/COO at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
In an effort to provide clarity during this time of uncertainty, the Fox Cities Chamber provides Chamber Chats as an opportunity to be part of a virtual conversation centered around the topics that matter to you. Led by a Chamber staff member, Chamber Chats give you the chance to speak directly with subject-matter experts.
On May 26th we will speaking with Sam Rikkers, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Deputy Secretary and COO about his thoughts on reopening the economy, loan assistance programs, and his long-term forecasts for the months ahead. Participants in this Chamber Chat will be allowed to ask questions through the chat feature on Zoom.
Add your voice to the conversation and help our community thrive in this unprecedented time.
Please register ahead of time to save a spot. Seating is limited to 100 participants.
WEDC Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
Sam Rikkers is deputy secretary and chief operating officer for WEDC. Prior to joining WEDC in November 2019, he served as strategic economic initiatives director at the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
Sam has an extensive background in rural development, both in the U.S. and internationally. He served in the White House from 2013 to 2014 as director on the energy and environment team in the Presidential Personnel Office, then was administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Before returning to Wisconsin in 2017, he launched and led the Rural Opportunity Initiative of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.In Wisconsin, he served as executive director or Tiny Earth, a global initiative based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, harnessing the research of undergraduate students to discover new antibiotics.
A native of Stoughton, Sam holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a master?s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor?s degree in political science and philosophy from Macalester College. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia.