David C. Mills, M.A., Chair
Dave Mills was appointed to the Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees in December 2007, serving as governance officer and chair of its Investment and Compensation committees. He became board chair in June 2016. Mills previously served 11 years as an alternate trustee and three years as executive director of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board before retiring in May 2007. There, he directed the investments of the Wisconsin Retirement System and six state-sponsored trust funds, and he directed short-term cash management for state and local units of government. Previously, Mills held various positions of responsibility within the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, including that of deputy secretary and chief operating officer for 11 years.
Mills also brings to Casey Family Programs eight years of experience with the Department of Health and Social Services in Wisconsin, including serving as director of the Office for Children, Youth and Families. There, he oversaw such areas as foster care, adoption, prevention of child abuse and neglect, and childcare. He and his wife, Teri, have been foster parents themselves and have two adult adopted sons.
Mills also served for 10 years in higher education administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as assistant dean at Cornell University.
Mills’ community involvement in Wisconsin has included serving as a mentor with Big Brothers of Dane County, as a board member of the Madison Children’s Museum, and board member and chairman for Summit Credit Union, one of the largest financial institutions in Wisconsin. He continues to be actively involved in Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte County, Paint Your Heart Out Punta Gorda, and Team Punta Gorda, all based in Charlotte County, Florida.
Mills holds a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.