The La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomes three members to its Board of Visitors, including Jason Gerlach, a 1996 alumnus of the school and of UW–Madison’s Law School. Eric Borgerding and David Lubar also joined the 15-member Board.
“We are thrilled to welcome these new Board members,” said Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee. “Their knowledge, perspective, and love of the university and state will be a tremendous asset to the La Follette School with our new certificate program for undergraduates, upcoming strategic planning exercise, and efforts to recruit the most competitive students.”
Gerlach (MA, JD ‘96) is CEO and managing partner of Sunrise Capital Partners of San Diego, an asset management firm founded in 1980. He joined Sunrise in 2008 after several years in private business and as an attorney and entrepreneur. Gerlach co-founded the California Hedge Fund Association in 2010 and serves as the organization’s president and on its board of directors. He completed additional finance and business studies at The Wharton School and Harvard Business School.
Borgerding is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), where he previously served as vice president of governmental relations, senior vice president, and executive vice president. Before joining WHA, he was director of legislative relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business organization. He also previously served as director of state legislative affairs for UW–Madison from 1994 to 1997. Borgerding received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UW–Madison in 1988.
Lubar is president and CEO of Lubar & Co., a private investment firm founded in 1977 whose primary investment activity is acquiring and building middle market operating companies. He joined the company in 1983 and has served as the lead investor to more than 20 companies in a wide range of industries and in various stages of development. After receiving his master of business administration degree from the University of Minnesota, he worked for Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) in commercial and correspondent banking. He serves on the board of directors for numerous companies and community organizations.
Board members help the La Follette School identify resources that can enhance its stature and standing, provide assistance in fundraising, provide career advice and assistance to students, and act as goodwill ambassadors for the School.