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Heather Smith was appointed State Medicaid Director in January 2018, leading multiple programs that serve 1.2 million members with an annual budget of $8.5 billion. Heather most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Governor. She has decades of experience in public policy, communications, budgeting at the state level, and also served in local government. Heather is a Wisconsin native and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.