State Director - Elect

The State Director-Elect works in conjunction with the State Director, during the State Director’s last term of office, in order to provide a smooth efficient transition period.

Responsible To:
State Director


  1. Attend all State Council meetings, actively participating in Council matters.
  2. Act as backup to the State Director and preside over Council events as necessary.
  3. Promote the Council and the profession by personal appearances and speaking engagements before SHRM chapters and other organizations.
  4. Work on special assignments as directed.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned by State Director.


  • SHRM member in good standing required.
  • Current year Council membership required.
  • SHRM certification preferred.

Serves a one-year term beginning with the first day of January ending the last day of December in the last year of the State Director's term of office.

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Contact Information


Jeff Palkowski, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, PHR, PMQ
State Director Elect

Ph: 608.262.1657
Term Start: 1/1/2023



Jeff Palkowski, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, PHR, PMQ is a Workforce Relations Manager and Divisional Disability Representative with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Information Technology. He has worked in both private and public sector human resources roles and has been an active member with the Society for Human Resource Management at national, state, and local chapter levels since 2003.

Jeff currently serves as the State Director-Elect with Wisconsin State Council SHRM, SHRM Advocacy Captain for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District and is a SHRM Foundation Leadership Circle member. He previously served as the Director of Government Affairs, District Director Southwest and Southeast, and Communications/Social Media Director for Wisconsin State Council SHRM, and as a volunteer leader for Greater Madison Area SHRM and Blackhawk HRA chapters.

Jeff is active on social media and is Hootsuite Social Marketing Certified. He has been an invited member of the SHRM Annual Conference Influencer Teams since 2019, has appeared on HR-related podcasts including: SHRM HR Storytellers, HR Social Hour, Life in the Leadership Lane, HR Like a Boss, Be Well with Mel, and HR Break Room podcasts, and has been cited in numerous media publications. Jeff has also been designated as a “Top Human Resources (HR) Voice” on LinkedIn. He has been a frequent contributor to the SHRM Blog and posts on his personal blog, You can follow Jeff on X/Twitter (@JeffPally) and on LinkedIn.

Jeff is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), SHRM People Manager Qualified (PMQ), and a State of Wisconsin Notary Public. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications-Journalism (BA) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned a Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM) with distinction from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Jeff has completed additional coursework at Cardinal Stritch University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.