Barbara L. Ulichny

Barbara L. UlichnyBarbara has over forty years of professional experience in policy development, management, consensus-building, and conflict resolution. Currently, she is the CEO of Ulichny Consulting and Mediation, providing public affairs and dispute resolution expertise to a number of private and public sector entities (Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., the Milwaukee Fire Department, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee and Kenosha County courts, the former Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority, et al). Barbara was the Regulatory Vice-President at Ameritech Wisconsin and was responsible for negotiating telecommunications policies and disputes with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). In that role, she led the effort to streamline state regulations, increase competition for telecommunications services, resolve numerous customer service concerns, and negotiate solutions to policy and procedural differences between Ameritech and the PSC.

After fourteen years in the legislature, Barbara retired as a recognized leader in economic and community development, education, transportation, crime victims’ rights, historic preservation, and regulatory reform. She has received numerous national, state, and local awards for her leadership in: creating the nation’s first Crime Victims Bill of Rights; effectuating the state’s first Special Session on Economic Development that helped to create jobs, streamline state business regulations, and provide tax incentives designed to stimulate economic growth; successfully negotiating the Utility Diversification Law that allows power companies to engage in non-utility business, such as WISPARK, a major business park in Kenosha County; crafting a model state historic preservation program, including tax credits and authorizing state and local Registers of Historic Properties’ and, others too numerous to delineate.

While in the legislature, Barbara also conducted successful negotiations to create a seperate Department of Corrections and a Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, changed the state’s Building Code to require automatic sprinklers in most buildings, reconstruct the Lincoln Memorial Bridge at Milwaukee’s lakefront, provide alternative certification for math and science professionals to teach in classrooms, reform and update state financial institution regulation; recreate the Wisconsin Housing Financial Authority (WHFA) as the Wisconsin House and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) with additional duties and powers for local housing and economic development; and other significant public policy measures.

In addition to her public service, Barbara has also served as a team leader and shareholder at Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek, S.C.; a board member of Froedtert Memorial Luthern Hospital, the Visiting Nurse Association, Forward Wisconsin, the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board, the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council, the Milwaukee Ballet, Renaissance Theaterworks, Medical College of Wisconsin Digestive Disease Council the Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation, the Council of State Governments Business Development Committee, and the National Council of State Legislatures Committee on Federal Taxation, Trade, and Economic Development; and member of the Milwaukee County Executive’s Year 2000 Commission, the Mayor’s Economic Development Commission, and the City of Milwaukee Board of Review.

Barbara received he BA in Economics from Northwestern University (1969), her JD from the University of Wisconsin (1992), and her certificate in Dispute Resolution from Marquette University (2008).