Mission statement

The CIO’s mission is to promote accountability, transparency, and conservative governance in Wisconsin by conducting and supporting rigorous, independent, and objective oversight of state government and its agencies.

We strive to provide insightful and actionable recommendations to improve public policies, programs and services, and to empower citizens and lawmakers with information to hold government accountable.

Jake Curtis

Chief Legal Counsel & Director of Oversight
[email protected].

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Jake Curtis joined the IRG team in 2024.

Jake brings a unique skill set to IRG by drawing on his years of experience as a lawyer, strategic advisor, and public official to navigate the intersection of law and policy.  Throughout his career he has focused on government relations matters for both public and private sector clients, representing dozens of local units of government and handling administrative matters before WERC, DWD, ETF, DNR, DFI, DATCP and DPI.

Jake’s diverse legal experiences have included practicing over a decade in private practice, including at two of Wisconsin’s largest firms, serving as the Chief Legal Counsel at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under Governor Scott Walker, as a policy advisor to a Wisconsin State Senator, and leading a groundbreaking litigation initiative at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.

Jake is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005, the University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude, 2008, the United States Air Force, Officer Training School, 2021, and the United States Air Force, The Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 2022.

“Divided government does not have to mean dormant government. The CIO will help the legislature reinvigorate its oversight activities and deliver real transparency and accountability to the people of Wisconsin.”

Along with Curtis and Szafir, IRG’s full-time team includes: Chris Reader, Executive Vice President; Quinton Klabon, Senior Research Director; Elizabeth Evenson, Senior Policy and Operations Advisor; Alex Ignatowski, Director of State Budget and Government Reform; and Courtney Mullen, Director of External Affairs.

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