Anthony (Nino) Amato

Nino Amato has a distinguished and respected leadership record for “walking his talk” on increasing renewable energy resources through new wind and solar energy generation; advocating for affordable and accessible college education; and addressing the urgent need to reverse the growing racial disparities in our communities and state.

Current Professional Leadership Activities:

  • UW-Platteville, College of Engineering, Adjunct Professor: “Sustainability Policies & Best Practices” & “Energy, Environment & Society (2015 to Present)
  • Public Policy Chair, “We Are Many United Against Hate”, Non-Profit, Non-Partisan 501c3 (2017 to Present)
  • Honorary Board Chair, Coalition of Wisconsin Aging & Health Groups, Former President & CEO (2010 to Present)
  • Voter Accessibility Advisory Board, Wisconsin Election Commission (2016 to Present)
  • National Council of Consumer Organizations, Representing Wisconsin 1.4 million elderly and citizens with disabilities (2014 to Present)
  • Historic Madison Inc. Nonprofit Historic Education (2019 to Present)
  • Sauk Creek Woods & Natural Habitat Restoration Working Committee Co-Chair (2018 to Present)

Former Professional Leadership Positions:

Over 30 Years of Public and Private Sector Executive Leadership & Local, State and Federal Policy Development
  • President/CEO Coalition of Wisconsin Aging & Health Groups, CWAG (2010 to 2020)
  • Founder and President of Nino Amato & Associates, Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Public Affairs Consulting Firm (2002-2010)
  • Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Meriter Hospital & Health Services (1998-2002)
  • Senior Vice President of Wisconsin Power & Light Co. & WPL HOLDINGS (1985-1998)
  • President/CEO, Forward Wisconsin Inc (WP&L Loan Executive) State of Wisconsin Economic Development Marketing Corp.(1987-1988)& Member of Forward Wisconsin Board of Directors (1987-1992)
  • Director Technology Transfer, UW-Whitewater College of Business & Economics, Director of Business Outreach, Small Business Development Center, Technology Transfer & WI. Innovation Center (1982-85)
  • Executive Vice President & Business Manager, First Reality Group, Inc. (1977-1982)


University of Wisconsin-Madison: Bachelor of Science Degree & Wisconsin Teachers Certification, School of Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Master of Arts Degree from the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Policy (Public Administration & Criminal Justice & Policy Development


A Blueprint for Wisconsin’s Renewable EnergySustainability Energy Public Policies

Renewable Energy Competition – Strategies for a Renewable Energy Future

Co-Author; “Today’s Hidden Racism: A Polite Apartheid,” (Racial Disparities: Education Achievement / Healthcare Outcomes / Income Inequality & Criminal Justice Outcomes)

Co-Author, 21st Century Threats To American Democracy by Right-Wing Domestic Terrorist & Militia Hate Groups 

The Public Policy Challenges of Cultural & Regulatory Change in the Health Care & Prescription Drug Industry’s – Rising Cost of Health Care & Rx Drugs

The Wisconsin Idea & The Rising Costs of Higher Education – $1.3 Trillion Dollars in Student Debt = Student Servitude

The Wolves on Wall StreetCorporate Mercenaries, Register Lobbyist, Financial Greed & Too-Big-To-Fail Power Grab

Recognition & Honors

Racial Justice Award – YWCA> of  Madison

Whitney M. Young Jr. Civil Rights Award – The Greater Madison Urban League

James C. Wright Human Rights Award – City of Madison Equal Opportunities Commission

Executive Service Award & Recognition – Wisconsin NAACP Dane County Chapter

Civic & Educational Service Award – Madison Metropolitan School District “School of Hope Tutoring Initiative”

Community Leadership Award – Today-Not-Tomorrow TV Children’s Program & Community Education for Children of Color

Governmental Apointees & Leadership

Former President– Wisconsin Technical College System Board  

Former Member – University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents 

Former Member – University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinic Authority Board 

Former President/CEO – Forward Wisconsin Inc., Public-Private Economic Development Partnership & Wisconsin’s Economic Marketing Organization

Former Chair – City of Madison Mayoral Task Force on Racial Profiling and Race Relations

Former President & VP – Madison Equal Opportunities Commission – Citizen-Business Educational Outreach

Former Committee Co-Chair – Governor Jim Doyle’s (D) Task Force on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Former Co-Chair w/Mark Pocan, City-County Task Force on the Unification & Merger of Madison’s & Dane County’s Public Health Departments

Former Co-Vice Chair – Governor Tommy Thompson’s (R) Special Commission on Developing Wisconsin’s Quality Workforce (Staffed by DPI)

Former Advisory Board Chr. – UW Madison, School of Education Hope Lab  

Former State Chair – Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services “United For Mental Health” (Eliminating Mental Health Stigma & Advocating for Mental Health Parity)

Former Chair – Madison Economic Development Commission & Dane County Leadership Council – Career Ladders (CAN’s) Business Retention & Expansion, Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship 

Former Wisconsin Representative Chair – National Council of Consumer Organizations (NCCO) & Member National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Former Chair, Wisconsin Campaign For Patient Centered Care – Educational Advocacy Group for the Affordable Care Act & CWAG