Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, November 21, 2013

91 alum leads Wisconsin budget office


Michael Heifetz

1991 alum Michael Heifetz is the new director of the Wisconsin budget office.

Heifetz will oversee the budget department within the Department of Administration and serve as the division administrator of executive budget and finance. The division provides accounting, budget and financial services for state government, including fiscal and policy analysis for the governor. The main job of the budget office is working with the governor on preparing the roughly $68 billion state budget every two years. It also prepares fiscal estimates for proposed legislation.

"I am pleased to see La Follette alums on my team," Heifetz says.

Heifetz worked as vice president of governmental affairs at Dean Clinic and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin for the past 11 years. Heifetz also worked five years as a policy adviser for then-Republican Majority Leader Steve Foti and five years in the state budget office as a policy analyst.

"I'm pleased to welcome Michael back to public service," DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch said in a news release. "His background, experience, and leadership position us well as we develop the next responsible budget that continues to move Wisconsin forward."

Heifetz serves on the City of Madison Plan Commission, the City of Madison State Street Design Oversight Committee and the Jewish Federation of Madison Board of Directors. He a past member of the Urban League of Greater Madison board of directors.