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Jodie Zesbaugh
I am empathetic to the challenges our clients face and I love contributing toward improvements in educational opportunities for students throughout the State of Minnesota.

Jodie Zesbaugh

Senior Municipal Advisor
Jodie Zesbaugh

Jodie is a Senior Municipal Advisor who joined Ehlers’ School Finance Team in 2009. She previously served 15 years as the Director of Financial Operations for the South Washington County School District. Her first-hand knowledge of district financial operations gives her unique insight into referendum planning, tax impacts and debt issuance for education projects.

Jodie lives in Eagan with her husband and they have two daughters. When she’s not working, Jodie enjoys traveling and spending time at the family cabin in Shell Lake, Wisconsin.

Focus Areas

Debt Issuance & Management

  • Alternative Financing Options
  • Property Tax Impact Analysis
  • Voter-Approved Building Bonds
  • Maximum Effort Capital Loans
  • Facilities Maintenance Bonds
  • Capital Facilities Bonds
  • Cash Flow Borrowing
  • Refundings
  • Lease Purchases and Certificates of Participation
  • Abatement Bonds

Bond Referendum Planning and Support
Operating Referendum Planning and Support
Capital Projects Levy Assistance
Truth in Taxation Hearing Presentations
TIF and Abatement Analysis
Assistance with Legislative Initiatives
Lease Levy Approval
Long-Term Financial Planning and Capital Improvement Planning
School Finance

Licenses & Certifications

Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor
Series 50 License: Municipal Advisor Representative
Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Minnesota Association of School Business Officials
Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Minnesota School Boards Association
Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (Summa Cum Laude), University of Minnesota-Duluth
Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Information Systems, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Community Involvement

Somerset Country Club – Scholarship Committee Member
St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church – Volunteer & Hospitality Committee Member