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: The Death of Expertise
  • Currently watching:   This ...over and over and over again
  • What I do when I’m not working:  Transporting some child to some activity
  • Most people don’t know that: I wrote a technical guide on waste reduction and process improvement in the electroplating and metal finishing industries

Aaron Twait

Aaron Twait is the least-tenured MCFE staff member, beginning in 2003 as the group’s Research Associate through 2006. After a year away working in the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Research Division, Aaron returned to the MCFE in 2008 as the organization’s Research Director and continues in that role today. Among other project responsibilities, he is the lead researcher on MCFE’s respected 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study. Aaron currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Governmental Research Association.  He holds an M.P.P. from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Iowa. The Iowa native lives with his wife and four daughters in Woodbury.

About Aaron

  • Currently reading: The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb
  • Last movie I watched: Christopher Robin
  • What I enjoy when I’m not working: Running, board games, youth chauffeur
  • Most people don’t know that: I was a page in the Iowa Senate (1994)

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