The 13 members of the La Follette School of Public Affairs’ recently formed Board of Visitors represent a broad range of expertise, including three former members of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and a retired U.S. senator.
All are deeply committed to improving public policy and management in Wisconsin and beyond, said Board Director Susan Yackee, a professor of political science and public affairs. “This diverse group of civic leaders provide advice and counsel on outreach and development activities, and on current and future School initiatives,” she said.
Members have attained prominence in their respective fields and reflect the nonpartisan nature of the School. Michael W. Grebe, Leslie Howard, and Eric Schutt are the newest members of the 13-person external advisory group, which helps the School identify resources that can enhance its stature and standing, provides assistance in fundraising, and promotes the School across a wide range of audiences.
Grebe is the retired chief executive officer and president of the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, which supports conservative causes as well as arts, education, and civic groups. Grebe was chairman of the Foley & Lardner law firm from 1994 to 2002 and previously served on the Board of Regents and as general counsel for the Republican National Committee.
Howard, the former president and chief executive officer of United Way of Dane County, serves as senior advisor to the CEO of United Way Worldwide and is an advocate for collaboration and change in the health and human services delivery system. She received her master's degree from UW-Madison in 1979 and is an adjunct associate professor at the La Follette School, teaching Nonprofit Leadership and Management.
Schutt is senior vice president, enterprise government solutions - state for UnitedHealth Group. A former chief of staff for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Schutt has more than 20 years of experience at the federal and state level in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He is a 1994 graduate of UW–Madison.