David Ferris, CPA
I love working with clients and helping them achieve their goals. This may include everything from accounting assistance to helping clients find ways to finance projects that improve their communities.

David Ferris, CPA

Municipal Advisor
David Ferris, CPA

David is a Municipal Advisor with Ehlers, working with Wisconsin’s local governments and public agencies on the design and implementation of customized financial solutions. He brings more than 14 years of experience providing audit, compliance and consulting services to state and local governments to his role. Most recently, David led Baker Tilly’s outsourced service, helping clients become more efficient and better leverage existing resources. He also spent sixteen years as Finance Director with the Village of Waunakee, Wisconsin. Our clients rely on David’s first-hand expertise in local government accounting and finance.

Dave lives in Lake Mills, WI with his wife Karen. Dave has a daughter Kayla, who graduated from Drake University in 2018 and a son Zach, who’s currently a junior in the business school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When he’s not working he enjoys playing golf, playing and watching hockey, listening to audio books and spending time at his in-law’s lake house in Freedom, New Hampshire.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Issuance & Management

  • General Obligation & Revenue Debt
  • Refundings / Cash Defeasances

Economic Development & Redevelopment

  • Tax Increment District Creation & Amendments
  • Developer Pro-Forma Analysis

Financial Management Planning

  • Financial Management Plans
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Budget Model Development
  • Project Impact Analysis

Licenses & Certifications

Series 50  License: Municipal Advisor Representative
Certified Public Accountant

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Governmental Finance Officers Association
Wisconsin Governmental Finance Officers Association
Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin


Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Community Involvement

Waunakee/DeForest Ice Rink – Board of Directors