MDE

Wendy Hatch

As Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner for the Office of External Relations, Wendy Hatch oversees the divisions of Communications; Public Engagement; and the Commissioner’s Office support team.

Wendy joined the department in 2019 and has worked as strategic communications advisor, public affairs manager, interim assistant communications director and communications director before becoming chief of staff and assistant commissioner in 2021. Prior to coming to the department, Wendy served as press secretary for Klobuchar for Minnesota. She served as deputy press secretary for the Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) in Washington, D.C. She also held various positions in the Office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar in Washington, D.C.

Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. She is also a graduate of Roseville High School in Minnesota.