Treasurer Sarah Godlewski is a 5th generation Wisconsinite, former small business owner, proud Green Bay Packers shareholder, and financial expert from Eau Claire, WI. When politicians tried to eliminate the Wisconsin State Treasurer’s office through a ballot initiative in 2018, Sarah led a bipartisan coalition to save the office, defeating their effort with an overwhelming 62% of the vote. Sarah then stepped up to run, winning her election with 51% of the vote in November 2018.
As Treasurer, Sarah leads a $1.3 billion state trust fund that invests in communities across Wisconsin. Early on, her leadership led to the removal of a gag rule preventing the state from considering the risk of climate change when making investments. Ever since, she has fought to ensure that smart investments are made that benefit our communities and Wisconsin’s economy. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fund has supported over 300 community projects totalling over $150 million.
Since the beginning of her tenure, this fund has distributed an unprecedented $154 million to every public school library across the state. When the COVID pandemic hit, Sarah led the fund to provide an additional $5.25 million to Wisconsin school districts to expand virtual learning and tackle the digital divide. Sarah has also been a tireless advocate for Wisconsin small business owners in the pandemic, helping them navigate the resources available to them and being a voice in Madison during this unprecedented time.
In March 2020, Sarah formed a coalition of local treasurers and community partners to improve homeownership in Wisconsin, aiming to help people buy, maintain, and stay in their homes. In the wake of the pandemic, this Treasurer’s Homeowners Task Force has created an early-response system to help people avoid delinquency and ultimately foreclosure, knowing that it is more important than ever that Wisconsinites can stay safe in their homes.
Additionally, Sarah chaired the bipartisan Retirement Security Task Force and developed innovative and cost-effective ways to ensure Wisconsinites can retire with peace of mind. Through listening sessions with retirees, small business owners, and workers, the Task Force developed plans for a child savings program, named 401(K)ids. This program would not only work to address the wealth gap and help families save, but it would also be a simple, impactful retirement program for Wisconsin small businesses that would address retirement access for almost one million Wisconsinites.
Prior to serving, Sarah was the co-founder of a multimillion-dollar socially responsible investment firm called MaSa Partners that invests in early-stage businesses and a co-founder of WE Capital Fund, which empowers female entrepreneurs through financing opportunities. Her work has been nationally recognized for achieving a positive impact while delivering strong financial returns.
Beyond investing, Sarah gained financial expertise working with the Pentagon for almost a decade where she helped save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. She began her financial career supporting micro-lending initiatives in rural India where she saw firsthand how access to capital can positively transform entire communities.
In her free time, you can find Sarah cheering on Wisconsin sports teams with her husband Max, son Hartley, and their rescue dog Tanner.