Mark Nicolini has almost 30 years of budgeting and strategic planning experience from executive, legislative and departmental perspectives at the state and local levels of government.  Mr. Nicolini has served as the City of Milwaukee’s Budget & Management Director since August, 2004, during the entire tenure of Mayor Tom Barrett.  During this time Mr. Nicolini and his staff have implemented the Accountability in Management (AIM) program, funded major improvements in core infrastructure, maintained key service levels, and developed community-responsive budget initiatives despite structural budget challenges and the need to accommodate substantial increases to employer pension contributions.

During his tenure in the Wisconsin State Budget Office, Mr. Nicolini designed new statewide funding initiatives for adult literacy and economic development-focused technical college programs.  He also served as Governor Tommy Thompson’s lead advisor for Wisconsin Retirement System benefit and finance issues.

Mr. Nicolini earned an A.B. degree from Wabash College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded an NCAA post-graduate fellowship for outstanding achievements in scholarship and athletics.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy & Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.