Ave has had a long and successful career in Wisconsin state government. She joined the Public Service Commission in 1998, a time when there were serious questions regarding the adequacy of electric supply in Wisconsin. Under her leadership, Wisconsin developed a strategy for the state’s power needs.
Prior to joining the PSC, she held a number of other government leadership roles. As deputy secretary of the Department of Corrections, she was instrumental in developing a program to better integrate inmates who will be released into the community, to help ensure their success. She also served as deputy secretary and executive assistant to the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, as director of appointments for former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, and as director of the Assembly Republican Caucus of the Wisconsin State Legislature.
She has served as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference, an organization of the largest utility regulators in the United States. She has served as a member of the Telecommunications and Consumer Affairs committees of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, as a member of the National Governor’s Association Critical Infrastructure Committee, and as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Terrorism Preparedness. She is the former chairperson of the State Employees Combined Campaign Fund and was the Governor’s designee on the Wisconsin Women’s Council for several years.