Meet Our Staff

Mark Haveman

Mark Haveman is executive director of the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence. He joined the organization in 2002 and took over the organization’s leadership role in 2008. He is the author of numerous research and education publications on state and local tax policy and government finance. Mark was a member of Governor Pawlenty’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission, served four years on the Board of Trustees of the Governmental Research Association, and has served on policy and project advisory boards for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, as well as for several state agencies, academic institutions and private foundations. He received his B.A. from Calvin College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

About Mark

  • Currently reading: Our Own Worst Enemy
  • What I'm watching: Michigan basketball 
  • What I do when I’m not working:  Resuscitating my golf game
  • Most people don’t know that: I listen to reruns of Car Talk every day during my commute (because you need all the laughs you can get these days)

Bob DeBoer

Bob DeBoer joined MCFE as research director in September 2019. Bob holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Minnesota, but was diverted from his planned profession decades ago.  While working as a session-only employee in the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department, and later in the Public Information Office, Bob developed an interest in tax policy while covering the House Tax Committee and worked with House Research staff to publish a study on the accuracy of the property tax “runs” provided to legislators each year in Session Weekly.  After a stint as a suburban reporter and writing for a research journal, Bob returned to the Minnesota House as committee administrator for the tax and local government committees.  This was followed by four years as communications director at the Office of the State Auditor and 10 years as policy director at the Citizens League, where property taxes were often pondered and Bob produced three annual property tax reports.  Bob has led and served on many committees, task forces, councils, and working groups related to tax and fiscal policy.

About Bob

  • Currently reading: Jazz by Toni Morrison
  • Last movie I watched: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
  • What I enjoy when I’m not working: Live music, running, documentaries
  • Most people don’t know that: I once worked as a blast furnace operator in a local lead foundry

Linda Edstrom

Linda Edstrom came to the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence in 1992 after working 20 years for Sears Roebuck & Company in the accounting center and 2 years working for the State of Minnesota -- first at Economic Security and then at the Department of Revenue.  She started as MCFE's executive secretary and now is responsible for office administration.  She is a lifelong resident of St. Paul and a graduate of Harding High School.

About Linda

  • Currently reading: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • Currently watching:  Perception and Elementary
  • What I do when I’m not working:  Gardening, golf, and hanging out with my grandkids
  • Most people don’t know that:  I was extremely shy as a child/young adult