Dawn Gunderson Schiel, CPFO, CIPMA
Ehlers affords me the opportunity to continue working in local government finance and serve as an extension of my clients' staff while we collaboratively achieve their objectives.

Dawn Gunderson Schiel, CPFO, CIPMA

Senior Municipal Advisor
Dawn Gunderson Schiel, CPFO, CIPMA

Dawn is a Senior Municipal Advisor with Ehlers, working with Wisconsin cities, villages, towns, counties, and public utilities to design and implement financial solutions that allow community initiatives to move forward. Prior to joining Ehlers, she amassed more than 20 years of local government experience working for local governments and public agencies in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. Dawn’s clients rely on her for her extensive knowledge and experience in municipal finance and accounting.

Dawn lives near Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with her husband. She has two adult children who also reside in Wisconsin. When not working, Dawn spends time at her condo in Racine, boats with her family and takes road trips as far as her car or Harley will take her.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Planning & Issuance

  • Alternative Financing Options
  • General Obligation & Revenue Debt
  • CDA/RDA Lease Revenue Bonds
  • Special Assessment Bonds
  • Refundings/Cash Defeasances
  • Representation to Bond Market & Credit Rating Agencies

Strategic & Financial Planning

  • Capital Improvements Planning
  • Project Feasibility Studies
  • Financial Goals & Objectives Facilitation
  • Project Impact Analysis
  • Financial Management Plans

Economic Development

  • Tax Increment District Creation & Amendment
  • CDA/RDA Creation
  • Developer Proforma Analysis
  • Development Agreement Negotiation
  • Developer Performance Evaluation
  • Redevelopment Plan Creation

Public Participation

  • Public Participation Process
  • Community Goals & Objectives Facilitation
  • Project Planning
  • Referendum Services


Bachelor of Arts – Business Administration, Saint Ambrose University


Series 50 License
Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor
Certified Public Finance Officer
Certificate in Management by International City Managers Association

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International City Managers Association
Wisconsin City/County Management Association
Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association
Wisconsin Clerks, Treasurers Finance Officers Association
Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin
WI Municipal Clerks Association
National Government Finance Officers Association
Wisconsin Economic Development Association