Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 12, 2015 – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced the hire of two senior leaders who will help guide the organization into its second century. Kenneth Robertson, CPA, has been named vice president and chief financial officer, while Laura Glawe will serve as vice president of marketing and communications for the Foundation.
As CFO, Robertson will be responsible for investment administration, financial accounting, risk management, contract management, facilities and IT management, regulatory compliance and budgetary administration for the Foundation and supporting organizations. Robertson most recently served as vice president and CFO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, an organization he joined in 2007.
His professional experience includes financial roles with Price Waterhouse LLP, GE Medical Systems, MillerCoors, and Briggs & Stratton, as well as the IRS. Robertson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and holds a Master of Business Administration from UWM’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business.
Glawe will oversee management of the Foundation’s brand and articulation of its vision, mission, and values. She will lead the implementation of comprehensive, integrated communication strategies, oversee events and guide the production of marketing and communications materials for the Foundation. Glawe joins the Foundation after serving for more than nine years at UWM, most recently as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Integrated Marketing and Communications.
Glawe has held senior leadership roles with the National Funeral Directors Association and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and is currently pursuing a Master of Administrative Leadership, both from UWM.
“The leadership and strategic expertise that Laura and Ken bring to the Foundation will inform and enhance our important work inspiring philanthropy and strengthening our community for the benefit of all people,” said Ellen M. Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “We are proud to welcome to our team two experts in their fields who are also attuned to the nonprofit industry and the greater Milwaukee region.”
For a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world. Ending 2014 with more than $841 million in assets, it is also among the largest.