Braza to lead The Rep as board president

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:37 am

James Braza, a construction lawyer and business litigator with Milwaukee-based Davis & Kuelthau, s.c., has been elected president of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s board of trustees.


Braza, who is taking over for former president Judy Hansen, has been a board trustee for six years.

“I am truly honored to be elected president of The Rep’s board of trustees at this exciting time in our history,” Braza said. “The Rep just completed an extremely successful 60th anniversary season including record-breaking productions in each of its three theater venues. Artistic Director Mark Clements’ artistry and vision has added tremendous excitement to our work, and in his first years as managing director, Chad Bauman has brought great are and stewardship to managing our finances.”

“We are delighted that Jim Braza is The Rep’s new board president,” Bauman said. “His knowledge, passion and long commitment to The Rep has been and will continue to be instrumental in our success. We are also thrilled to have representatives from our region’s most well-respected corporations join our executive committee. Their skills, expertise and guidance will be of great value to The Rep as we conclude a new strategic plan and look forward to the launch of our 61st season.”

Newly elected executive committee members are: Gregory Oberland, president of Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual; Joseph Rock, partner at KPMG; Stacy Williams, vice president, The Hodge Williams Group, at Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co.; and Edward Seaberg, vice president, IT service operations, at Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation.

Newly elected trustees are: Mark Benskin, managing director of BMO Private Bank; Nic Wahl, managing partner of Milwaukee-based Godfrey & Kahn S.C.; and Howard Williams, senior vice president of Wells Fargo.

Hansen will continue to serve on The Rep’s executive committee as immediate past president.

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