About MacIver Institute


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 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 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 James Leef is the President of ITU AbsorbTech, Inc, an industrial laundry headquartered in New Berlin WI.  Leef is a third generation owner.  He is a graduate of Brookfield Central HS (1974) and the univ of Arizona (1978).  Currently the president of the Wisconsin Assn of Textile Services and the Independent Business Assn of Wis.  He is a member of the Wis Manufacturers and Commerce Board of Directors.  Jim lives in Pewaukee with wife Maggie.