For Position 4

David P. Schmiedicke, Finance Director, City of Madison, Wisconsin

David Schmiedicke

GFOA Activities

  • GFOA Member for twelve years
  • Currently serves on GFOA's Committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning; previously served on GFOA’s Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy (served as Chair for three years)
  • Serves as the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s representative to the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board State and Local Government Committee
  • GFOA conference presenter on the topics of user fees, role of the finance director, streamlined sales tax, performance measures, and use of planning tools in budgeting (2013–2019); past GFOA training instructor on topics of evidence-based budgeting, personnel budgeting and capital budgeting (2012–2021)
  • GFOA Budget Reviewer (2016–2023)
  • Co-author of Government Finance Review article about integrating land use planning tools with budget planning (2016)

Contributions to the Profession/Jurisdiction

  • In current role, facilitated implementation of ERP system; facilitated continuing development of outcome-based, results-focused budget process; helped foster public/private development projects in the City
  • In previous role at the Wisconsin Department of Administration, served as State Budget Director under governors of both parties overseeing development and implementation of the Wisconsin state budget, state enterprise accounting and state capital finance activities, and led the State of Wisconsin Building program and capital budget process
  • Member (Secretary’s Designee) of Group Insurance Board (2003–2010)
  • Served as Secretary of State of Wisconsin Building Commission (2001)
  • Served as Secretary's Representative of Badger Army Ammunition Plant Reuse Committee (1999–2001), Secretary's Representative of Wisconsin Land Council (1999–2001), and Secretary's Representative of Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Board (1993–2001)
  • Member of State–Local Financing Task Force for League of Wisconsin Municipalities/Wisconsin Counties Association/ Wisconsin Towns Association (2022)
  • Presented on tax increment financing at the Wisconsin GFOA conference (2015)
  • Participant in Performance Management and State Budget seminar, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (2006)
  • Adjunct Professor and Presenter at Public Budgeting class, LaFollette Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006–2022)
  • Presenter of Brownfields Financing session for the Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (1999)
  • Served as Regional Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (2006–2007)
  • Serve as a Member of Executive Committee and Board Treasurer for Madison Youth Choir (2013–2023)
  • Served as General Co-Chair of Vision 2000 Capital Campaign for Blessed Sacrament Parish (1999–2004)

Goals for GFOA

The demographic transition of public finance professionals is already well underway. GFOA should position itself with public policy and public finance schools and consider expanding its membership to non-governmental organizations that have affinity and common purpose with governmental organizations.


University of Wisconsin–Madison, Bachelor of Science, History and Philosophy