Richard Graber, a lawyer, corporate executive, and longtime leading figure in Wisconsin Republican politics, has been named CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, one of the country’s biggest philanthropic backers of conservative causes, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Mr. Graber will take the helm July 18, succeeding Michael Grebe, who announced late last year that he would leave the Milwaukee-based grant maker he has led for 14 years.
Mr. Graber headed the Wisconsin GOP from 1999 to 2005. He left a 20-year law career in Milwaukee to serve as President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2006 to 2009. Since 2010 he has been a vice president with industrial giant Honeywell. He currently serves on the board of the $850 million Bradley fund. The foundation has close ties to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and is a major financial supporter of right-wing policy centers and causes such as school choice, welfare reform, and curbs on union activity.