In May, Lindsay Blumer (MPA ’04) was appointed to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board by Gov. Tony Evers.
The WTCS Board is the coordinating and oversight body for Wisconsin’s public, two-year technical colleges. Blumer is one of 13 members on the WTCS Board, which is responsible for setting tuition, program approval, facilities approval, state finance, state and government relations, and state and federal grant administration for the WTCS system.
Wisconsin’s technical colleges provide customized instruction to Wisconsin employers and are uniquely tied to the communities they serve. In her new role, Blumer will help WTCS partner with businesses to facilitate career pathways for Wisconsinites.
“I’m honored to be appointed by Governor Evers to the WTCS Board and serve as the voice of a small Wisconsin employer who works daily with our technical colleges across the state as a workforce intermediary,” said Blumer. “There is tremendous opportunity right now to build on the strong educational traditions of our technical college system and I’m looking forward to working with fellow Board members to advance the diverse and innovative strategies that keep the WTCS as a partner in building accessible and equitable career pathways for all Wisconsin residents.”
Blumer is currently president and CEO of WRTP | BIG STEP, a workforce intermediary based in Milwaukee. She is the first woman in this role at the organization, which works with the public and private sectors to develop resources, services, and programs that connect people to family-sustaining jobs. She has also worked as a community fellow with United Way of America, where she designed community impact solutions and advised and developed state government advocacy and policy work.
Blumer previously served as an entrepreneurial pathways project manager at Marquette University, associate dean for career and professional development at Ripon College, and executive director of People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse. She was recently selected as a 2023 Women of Influence Award winner by the Milwaukee Business Journal.