Chris Schoenherr

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Board of Directors

Bill serves as director of Agency and Government Relations and Chief External Affairs Officer at Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA). He joined SMMPA in 2015 to develop and manage relationships with members, legislators, legislative leadership, regulators, and governmental agency staff. 

In January 2011, before joining SMMPA, Chris served as deputy secretary of the Department of Administration and chief energy advisor to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. 

Bill was also employed by Alliant Energy in Madison, Wisconsin. He joined Alliant Energy in June of 2000 and held a variety of roles in communications, government relations, major accounts, and energy efficiency program management. He headed Alliant Energy’s Washington, DC office between 2006 and 2008. Before joining Alliant, Chris served in a number of senior leadership roles at Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

Chris’ volunteer board leadership experience includes:

  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)
  • Cool Choices
  • Wisconsin Center District

Chris has a degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.