Amy is a government administration strategist with two decades of executive leadership experience, including serving as the Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and directing numerous public programs for Milwaukee County. Secretary-designee Pechacek has managed benefits administration, health and life safety functions, community development, criminal justice, juvenile detention reform, and other complex program services for multimillion-member constituencies. For the past decade, she has been involved in public policy creation and implementation and acted in advisory roles for various practice areas associated with local and large-scale governmental administration, specializing in crisis management for compliance-related damage mitigation and program recovery. Amy began her career as a licensed private detective focused on fraud investigations and has traveled the country extensively working undercover.

She received her master's degree in public policy and public administration from Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in sociology and criminal justice. Amy is also a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service's Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia.