Former Cardinal Stritch dean to lead Cream City Foundation

Milwaukee-based Cream City Foundation Inc. has named Peter Holbrook, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer.


The foundation works to secure philanthropic resources and drive strategic collaboration within organizations and initiatives that advance quality of life for LGBT residents of southeastern Wisconsin.

Holbrook joins Cream City Foundation from Cardinal Stritch University, where he most recently was dean of the College of Business and Management. His 28 years at the university, which culminated in his role as dean, included several other leadership positions – director of admissions, director of development, vice president for enrollment management, executive vice president and chief operating officer, executive director of leadership and organization learning, director of the Leadership Center, and assistant professor.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Peter’s caliber to the Cream City Foundation,” board of directors chair Paul Milakovich said in a statement. “Peter has a track record for growing organizations through strong relationships, unique partnerships, proactive fundraising and innovative ideas. He is undoubtedly the idea fit for us considering his leadership experience and commitment to serving and supporting the LGBT community.”

Much of Holbrook’s career has been devoted to boosting fundraising efforts and building on quality programming.

At Cream City Foundation, he said he is determined to inform donors and the broader community about the “compelling work the foundation does to positively impact LGBT people in southeast Wisconsin.”

“I’m looking forward to engaging with others to generate needed philanthropic resources to fund strategic initiatives that strengthen our community,” Holbrook said in a statement.

His professional experience also encompasses strategic planning for area organizations. During the last three decades, he has committed his time and talent to several local and national nonprofits, including having supported Diverse and Resilient in Milwaukee, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Television Vision 2057 Task Force, and the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse.

Holbrook, who earned his doctorate degree in leadership studies from Cardinal Stritch University, will officially take the helm of Cream City Foundation on Jan. 20.

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