Donna Arduin is one of the nation’s most successful veterans of state budget management and tax
reform, and, as Budget Director/Deputy Director, led toward responsibility the budgets of Michigan
(Governor John Engler), New York (Governor George Pataki), Florida (Governor Jeb Bush) and California
(Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger). She established a reputation for long-term policy planning linked
with fiscally conservative budgeting. For the past 15 years, together with economists Dr. Arthur Laffer
and Steve Moore, the Arduin, Laffer, and Moore consulting firm has worked on economic studies for a
vast number of industries and think tanks across the country, and on successful economic development
projects. She also consults for governors and governor candidates, including Florida Governor Rick Scott,
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and California Governor Candidate Meg Whitman. She also consulted for
Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio. Ms. Arduin sits on a number of boards, both private and notfor-
profit, and has been a senior fellow for several state think tanks. A graduate of Duke University, Ms.
Arduin graduated with honors in economics and public policy. Prior to her career in the public sector, she
worked as an investment banker in New York and Tokyo.
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