Preston Cole

Preston Cole is an American conservationist and politician, who is the Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources in the Cabinet of Governor Tony Evers.[1] Cole previously served as the Chair of the State Natural Resources Board.[2] He was first appointed to the board by Governor Jim Doyle and reappointed by Governor Scott Walker.[3]

Cole previously served as the Commissioner of the City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services.[4] Prior to that, Cole was the Director of Operations for the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works.[5] Additionally, he previously served as the Parks Superintendent for the City of St. Louis, as well as a Forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation.[6]

Cole received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Missouri and was the first African American to graduate from the degree program.[7] Cole was involved with Future Farmers of America in high school.[8]


  1. "Governor-elect Evers Announces Key Cabinet Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  2. "Natural Resources Board Chairman Preston Cole -- Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine -- June 2014". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  3. "Wisconsin's Green Fire Applauds Selection of Preston Cole as DNR Secretary" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  4. "Preston Cole promises to lean on science in DNR decisions after Tony Evers appoints him to run agency". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  5. "Evers picks Milwaukee leaders for top Cabinet slots". thestate. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  6. WBAY. "The Latest: Evers defends Cabinet picks from Milwaukee". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  7. "Gov.-Elect Tony Evers names Preston Cole new DNR secretary". Outdoornews. 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  8. "Commissioner". Retrieved 2018-12-21.

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