Advisory Committee

Colburn Wilbur

Cole Wilbur is a Trustee and former President of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. During his tenure as Packard Foundation President, from 1976 to 1999, the Foundation grew from a two-person staff and $8 million in annual grantmaking to a $13 billion foundation with 155 employees and awarding more than $500 million a year.

Prior to joining the Packard Foundation, Mr. Wilbur was executive director and CEO of the Sierra Club Foundation, designing and administering this important fundraising arm of the national environmental organization. He also worked in international banking and managed a computer service bureau.

In addition to the Packard Foundation board, Mr. Wilbur serves on the boards of Colorado College, the Institute for Global Ethics, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, The Stanford Theatre, and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. He is on the Steering Committee of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and a number of advisory boards.

Mr. Wilbur received both his undergraduate and Master of Business Administration degrees from Stanford University and is the co-author of The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics.

C. Wade Harrison

C. Wade Harrison joined the University of Wisconsin System Office of General Counsel in July 2014 as System Legal Counsel. Wade focuses in the areas of employment law, student affairs, diversity issues, health care, real estate, bankruptcy and training.

Prior to joining UW System, Wade worked at the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and was a member of the Labor, Employment & Immigration and Health Care Practice Groups in the Madison office. Wade's practice involved advising and representing both private and public employers in a variety of labor and employment, education and health law matters.

Wade has appeared before the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights, Wisconsin state courts, United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wade received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago, graduating cum laude with minors in Women's Studies and African American Studies.

Before starting his career in law, Wade worked in California and Chicago gaining experience in international trade and human resources.

Bob Pratt

Bio and photo forthcoming.

Paul L. Robert

Paul L. Robert retired in March 2014 as Associate General Counsel and Director, Contracts and Compliance for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Hartford, Connecticut. Its operating companies include Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, UTC Fire & Security, UTC Power, Carrier Corporation, and Otis Elevator Co.

He was a member of UTC's Legal Department since August 1987, previously serving as Associate Counsel-Compliance & Director, Government Contracts at UTC's Pratt & Whitney Division (1993-1998); Senior Counsel on the corporate headquarters staff (1991-1993); and as Assistant Counsel to the Hamilton Standard Division (1987-1991). Prior to joining UTC, he was legal counsel to the U.S. Navy's TRIDENT missile program in Washington, D.C. (1980-1987), and served as legal assistant to the New York State Attorney General in New York City (1978-1980).

He is a cum laude graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts (1977), and Fordham University Law School in New York City (1980), where he was Commentary Editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal. He is a member of the bars of Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is an authorized house counsel in Connecticut. A Fellow of the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C., he is a past member of the National Contract Management Association's Board of Directors and served as an industry representative to the U.S. Air Force’s Contracting Innovation Group.

Specialties: U.S. and international contracts, compliance, and business practices, training and policy, government acquisition advocacy.

Jennifer C. Smucker

Jennifer resides near Orville, Ohio, home of the J.M. Smucker Company. She is a founding member of the Steering Committee of Heartland Education Community, Inc., an educational initiative with an emphasis on ethics and values. Heartland serves as a life-long learning network to unite schools, community, churches and libraries. She is a seasoned presenter of the Institute’s educational materials.

Timothy P. Smucker

Timothy P. Smucker is Chairman of the Board of The J.M. Smucker Company.

He has served on the board of The J.M. Smucker Company since 1973, serves as a director of Hallmark Cards, Inc., The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, The Olayan Group, and GS1 (global standards organization).

He has also held a variety of board positions in the past, including Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc., The Consumer Goods Forum, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc., Huntington BancShares, Inc., Earthgrains Company, Kellogg's, Gerber Products Company, Ohio Business Roundtable, GS1 US, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, and the President's Export Council. He is an emeritus life member of the Board of Trustees for the College of Wooster.

Mr. Smucker received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Commerce and Finance and his bachelor's degree in Economics from The College of Wooster. He served in the Air National Guard from 1969 to 1975; earning the rank of Captain.

Gary Tauchen

Gary is a State Representative who represents Wisconsin's 6th Assembly District which includes parts of Oconto, Shawano, and Outagamie counties. He was first elected in 2006 to replace long-time State Representative John Ainsworth, who was retiring.

Tauchen serves on the committees on Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs, and Workforce Development. He is a graduate of Bonduel High School (1971) and earned his bachelor of science in Animal Science from UW-River Falls in 1976.