After graduating from the UW–Madison School of Business in 1990, I followed the standard path for most accounting majors by joining a public accounting firm. I audited municipalities, counties, non-profits and private colleges for several years. I then took a position as the finance director for a small city in southern Wisconsin. Despite its small size, it provided a great introduction to how politics impacts financial decisions and budgets in a public sector organization. I learned that any issue, large or small, can become political. I found it fascinating. After serving as finance director for a Wisconsin Technical college for two years, I attended the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison and earned my Master’s degree. I then worked as the deputy controller for Milwaukee County and the finance director for the City of Sun Prairie. I am happy to be back at UW–Madison, in particular the School of Human Ecology. The faculty and staff here are so diverse in their areas of study. The energy in our school is contagious. There is rarely a dull moment.
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