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William D. Walker
Budget and Policy Director

William D. Walker
William D. Walker

On Feb. 9, William D. Walker joined the court system as Budget and Policy Director, replacing Deborah Brescoll, who retired in January (see The Third Branch, fall 2014).

Walker has a background in law, economics, and public policy. He began his career with state government in 2000, joining the Wisconsin State Budget Office as a policy and budget analyst. In that role, he contributed to the executive budgets for three former governors. He also has served as a senior policy analyst and budget and policy director at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

In 2011, Walker joined the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as an economist. He has also served as co-director of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, a network established jointly by UW-Madison and the DNR to assess climate impacts and resilience in Wisconsin. 

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