August 24, 2007
This letter is to inform you that your recent article regarding Dan Bader and his role within the Greater Milwaukee Committee contains two glaring errors. One contains flawed analysis; the other is an unfounded accusation that should be corrected.
First, your assertion that Dan Bader is not an “employer” is false. While correctly noting his presidency of the Helen Bader Foundation, apparently you are unaware of his role as Chairman of Granite Microsystems, which employs 120 people in Wisconsin and Shanghai. He is also a Director with Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals and Chairman of a Milwaukee-based private equity fund investing in growth companies located in low-income communities in Milwaukee and around Wisconsin. These roles were additional key reasons for his PIC board chair consideration.
The second error is more serious. Quoting from your article:
“Bader donated considerable money to the Greater Milwaukee Committee, which helped land him the GMC board president position, which had traditionally gone to corporate executives, not nonprofit leaders. Now, after donating money to the city for its job training initiatives, he’s getting another board position that also seems like a reward.”
While it may be fair game to critique the progress of an initiative or to question the capability of one’s leadership in an appointed role, it’s quite another to launch an assertion that someone “bought” their way into a position or got “rewards” for donating money. This is a totally false and unsupported accusation of impropriety levied against the Greater Milwaukee Committee. We do not “reward” people who donate money with board chair positions. Such a statement is false, irresponsible and completely unsupported by any facts.
Julia H. Taylor
Greater Milwaukee Committee