Milwaukee, WI – July 24, 2014 – Thomas L. Spero, retired managing partner of the Milwaukee office of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, has been elected chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s board of directors, which also welcomed three new members this summer.

Spero.jpgSpero has served on the foundation’s board since 2005 and currently is a member of the board’s governance & nominations committee and impact investing task force. He succeeds immediate past chair Peter W. Bruce, of counsel at Davis & Kuelthau, who continues to serve as a director.

Marshalling 40 years of public accounting experience, Spero served on the management committee for Deloitte’s Midwest Practice, which encompasses Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. His tremendous commitment to the community includes board leadership for such professional and civic organizations as Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

A graduate of Drake University, Spero is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

“Tom is entering his 10th year of service on our board, and his voice has been invaluable in our efforts to serve the community in increasingly meaningful ways,” said Greater Milwaukee Foundation President and CEO Ellen Gilligan. “Like Tom, our incoming board members have deep roots in the community, and their collective wisdom and talent will help ensure we have the greatest impact possible on our mission.”

Joining the board of directors for first terms are Cecelia Gore, Paul J. Jones and Gregory S. Marcus.

Cecelia-Gore.jpgGore is executive director of the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, which she joined in 2009. Previously program director of the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, Gore serves on a number of local nonprofit boards including Alverno College, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.

A Milwaukee native, Gore earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Alverno College. She has been recognized recently as a Junior Achievement-Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Peak Performer, a Harvard University Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Fellow and by the Alverno College Vanguard Society.

Paul_Jones.jpgJones is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., where he oversees all legal matters, public policy and government affairs functions and serves as chief ethics and compliance officer. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary for Regal Beloit Corporation, and earlier in his career, he was a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP.

An industry representative on the U.S. Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods, Jones also serves on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers and as president of the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University, his law degree from Georgetown University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


Marcus is president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation, which he joined in 1992. His civic and professional activities include boardservice for Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, United Performing Arts Fund, Milwaukee Development Corporation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Greater Milwaukee Committee, American Hotel & Lodging Association and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Marcus was recently honored with the St. Francis Children’s Center Community Service Award and the Jewish Family Services Milwaukee Families in Philanthropy Award. Born in Milwaukee, he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Completing board terms on June 30 were Quarles & Brady chairman emeritus John W. Daniels, Jr., and community volunteer Mary B. Read.

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a family of more than 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the local charitable causes of their choice. Grants from these funds serve people throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties and beyond. Started in 1915, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the world.

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