Laura J. Mester is the chief administrative officer of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), overseeing the Bureau of Finance and Administration, and the Bureau of Transportation Planning, and the Offices of Aeronautics, Passenger Transportation, and Rail, as well as the operations of the International Bridge. Prior to her appointment in February 2011, Mester directed the Accounting and Financial Reporting Division of the Office of Financial Management in the State Budget Office, a position she held for 13 years.
A registered C.P.A., Mester's distinguished career in governmental accounting and financial management spans more than 25 years. She earned a master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University in 1994, and a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Michigan State University in 1987.
Mester has been honored by the National Association of State Auditors, Controllers, and Leaders for directing the early implementation of the GASB Statement 34, the most significant governmental accounting and financial reporting requirements issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in 20 years. She is the recipient of the Government Financial Manager of the Year Award from the Greater Lansing Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants, and the William R. Snodgrass Leadership Award from the National Association of Government Accountants. Mester is the past president of the Greater Lansing Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.
A Michigan native, she lives in DeWitt with her husband, John.