Michael W. Grebe

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Michael W. Grebe
Residence Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Citizenship United States
Board member of Charter School Growth Fund,
Bradley Foundation,
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Philanthropy Roundtable

Michael W. Grebe is an American philanthropist, lawyer, businessman and conservative activist.[1] He served as the chairman and CEO of the law firm Foley & Lardner from 1994 to 2002.[1][2][3] From 2002 through 2016, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bradley Foundation.[4] He is the former Chairman of the Philanthropy Roundtable.

Early life[edit]

Grebe grew up in Farmington, Illinois, and played quarterback on his high school football team.[5] He graduated from the United States Military Academy and received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude.[2][6][5] He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was later awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and two Bronze Stars.[6][5]


He joined the law firm Foley & Lardner in 1970, and became a partner in 1977, focusing on corporate and financial law.[2][6] He served as Chairman and CEO from 1994, until he retired in 2002, when he became Chairman and CEO of the Bradley Foundation.[2][3][6] He also serves as Chairman of the Philanthropy Roundtable.[2][3][6]

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Corporation since 1990.[3] He also sits on the Board of the Church Mutual Insurance Company.[2][3] He is a former member and President of the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin System and past member and chairman of the Board of Visitors of his alma mater, the United States Military Academy.[6] He has also sat on the Board of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club. He sits on the Board of the Charter School Growth Fund.[6] He sits on the publication committee of National Affairs.[7] He is also on the board of directors of the BMO Harris Bradley Center[8]

He is a former general counsel to the Republican National Committee and was the Republican National Committeeman for Wisconsin from 1984 to 2002.[6] He was a delegate to Republican National Conventions from 1984 to 2000.[6] In 2010, he chaired Scott Walker's campaign for governorship of Wisconsin.

Personal life[edit]

Grebe's first wife, Peggy, died in 2003. They had 2 children, a son and a daughter.[5] He married Patricia Perry in 2005.[6][5] They live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[6] In 2015, Wisconsin Governor Walker appointed Grebe's son, Michael M. Grebe, to UW Board of Regents.[9]


  1. ^ a b Forbes profile
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  3. ^ a b c d e Oshkosh Corporation Board of Directors Archived 2012-12-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Michael W. Grebe to retire as president of Bradley Foundation". Bradley Foundation. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber, Ben Poston, From local roots, Bradley Foundation builds conservative empire, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 19, 2011
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Philanthropy Roundtable Board of Directors Archived 2013-01-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ National Affairs Publication Committee Archived 2009-09-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ MO Harris Bradley Center. "BMO Harris Bradley Center". BMOHarrisBradleyCenter.com. BMO Harris Bradley Center. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Opoien, Jessie (June 9, 2015). "Senate confirms Grebe to UW Board of Regents despite Democrats' objections". The Cap Times. madison.com. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 

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