Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced that Zachary Jackson will serve as state budget director effective today. Jackson has served as the state deputy budget director since 2013.
“With his great financial expertise, Zac has played an essential role in drafting balanced budgets that maintain healthy fiscal reserves and protect our AAA credit ratings,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Zac is a dedicated public servant who has worked for five governors since joining state government, and I know in his new role he will continue to help take Indiana to the next level.”
As the deputy budget director, Jackson helped produce the Governor’s biennial budget and managed state spending.
From 2008 to 2012, Jackson served as assistant director of the State Budget Agency overseeing the Health and Human Services Division, where he managed more than 40 percent of the state’s annual budget and provided fiscal oversight to approximately 35 state agencies. Prior to that role, he worked at SBA as a budget analyst with responsibilities for transportation, general government, and state employee pay and benefits. He also worked as a policy analyst in the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning. Before joining state government, he worked at both the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and the Indiana Economic Development Council.
Jackson currently serves as the president of the National Association of State Budget Directors.
Jackson earned a Master of Business Administration from Butler University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Through the 21st Century Scholars program, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana, and an associate’s degree from Vincennes University.
A headshot is available upon request.