Gov. Tony Evers announced his appointment of Missy Hughes to serve as secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on Sept. 6. 

Hughes has served as Chief Mission Officer and General Counsel for Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative since 2003. She has also served as a member of the Organic Trade Association since 2013, including terms as both president and vice president by election of fellow Board members. She has previously served on the USDA's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture.

Hughes will begin on Oct. 1, 2019, becoming the final member of Gov. Evers' cabinet team. Evers said in a press release he hopes for Hughes to take a full, 72-county approach to economic development to create middle-class jobs.

Hughes, who has spent the last 15-plus years as general counsel with Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative, will be taking over for former WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan. She will become the first woman to lead the organization.

"Having worked in a high growth business for many years, with the goal of helping farmers stay on their farms now and for the coming generations, I am excited to bring my experience to the Evers Administration, and I look forward to helping all of Wisconsin thrive," said Hughes.

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