SPN MacIver Institute 2012 National Think Tank of the Year
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About

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy is a Wisconsin-based think tank that promotes free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government.

John K. MacIver pursued the notion that ideas are the most powerful force in politics. Though he never held a government post, few Wisconsinites have had a greater impact on the public affairs of this state and the nation. John either founded or led many of the most effective business, civic, cultural and political organizations in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. An advisor to Presidents, college interns and business titans, John MacIver believed that good government could be good politics. In John's honor, The MacIver Institute will produce a new generation of ideas to make Wisconsin great again.


Board of Directors

Board Chair Fred Luber is a Milwaukee industrialist and philanthropist who has long been involved in promoting innovative public policies.

Board Vice Chair Steve Fettig of Delavan is CFO of two family-run manufacturing operations in SE Wisconsin. He is a Wisconsin native and works on interests promoting liberty and protection of individual rights through social and distributed (not centralized) media venues. 

Board Member James R. Troupis has practiced law at all levels of the federal court system, as well as the state courts of Wisconsin and Illinois. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Troupis served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, was an Edwin C. Austin Scholar and received the William Jennings Bryan Award. After graduating from the Northwestern University School of Law, Mr. Troupis clerked for Justice (later Chief Justice) Howard C. Ryan of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Board Member Laurie McCallum, former First Lady of Wisconsin, has spent most of her career as a commissioner and attorney with the State of Wisconsin. She and Governor McCallum relied upon John MacIver's counsel through more than two decades of state service. 

Board Member Gerardo (Jerry) H. Gonzalez of Milwaukee is a partner with Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan LLP.  He received a B.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Business and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal. Mr. Gonzalez was the recipient of the State Bar of Wisconsin President's Award in 2004.