Jolena Presti

Jolena Presti

Managing Director

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Jolena Presti is a managing director with Baker Tilly’s public sector advisory practice. She has been with Baker Tilly since 2019 and has more than 20 years of experience in the development and advancement of innovative strategies in economic development, program and funding solutions for development initiatives, and redevelopment project consulting solutions for clients nationwide.

  • Develops and advances innovative economic development strategic plans and action strategies for economic development, redevelopment, public-private partnerships (P3) and long-term planning initiatives
  • Performs financial analysis of economic development strategies, P3s and development initiatives to optimize available project financing options
  • Advises on complex project implementation strategies focused on advancing client growth initiatives, often engaging P3 and multi-partner initiatives
  • Develops and implements layered funding strategies including incentives, grants, tax programs and private funding programs that impact client’s growth initiatives
  • Provides application and feasibility reviews for federal and state tax credit, financing, and funding programs, including tax increment financing (TIF) strategies and projections and consults on redevelopment and TIF agreements
  • Formerly worked as a principal in economic development and redevelopment-focused urban planning and economic development planning consulting to public sector and not-for-profit agencies
  • Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)
  • Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC)
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • MidAmerica Economic Development Council (MAEDC)
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA)
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • American Planning Association (APA), National and Wisconsin Chapters


Milwaukee, WI


Master of Public Administration
Master of Urban Planning
University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts, business administration, marketing
Lakeland University (Plymouth, Wisconsin)