Richard Graber became president and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee in July 2016. He practiced law in Milwaukee with the firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Duren, where he was a partner for almost twenty years and served as the firm's president and CEO. He served as the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2006 to 2009, where he organized and managed efforts on behalf of the U.S. government to locate a missile defense facility in the Czech Republic. From 2010 to 2016, he served in executive positions with Honeywell International in Brussels and Washington, D.C., most recently as senior vice president for global government relations. In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Bradley Foundation since 2013, he is also a director of the Kern Family Foundation and Curt Joa and a member of the Wake Forest University Law School Board of Visitors. He is a former state chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin; member of the Republican National Committee; and director and vice chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Ambassador Graber graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and earned a law degree from Boston University.
Involving the government in charitable giving is neither wise nor innocuous—and it poses the greatest risk to DAFs and small foundations.