Northwestern Mutual names new president for charitable foundation

Executive also spearheads company's government relations efforts

Northwestern Mutual names new president for charitable foundation

Non-Profits & Charities

By Ryan Smith

Northwestern Mutual has announced the appointment of Steve Radke as president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, effective as of Nov. 1.

In his new role, Radke will lead the company’s charitable efforts and collaboration with non-profit partners. Radke, who previously held the position of vice president of government relations, will also continue to spearhead the company’s lobbying and public policy efforts while also overseeing its philanthropy under the expanded role of vice president of government and community relations.

“As a company, we’re committed to making a meaningful difference by creating long-term sustainable impact and driving change in our communities and society,” said Ray Manista, executive vice president and chief legal and compliance officer at Northwestern Mutual. “Steve’s extensive experience leading government relations, coupled with his deep community connections grounded in partnership and collaboration, will enable him to carry our mission as a foundation and serve the people in our hometown of Milwaukee and communities across the country.”

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 1994, Radke worked in the Washington, D.C. office of former Wisconsin Rep. Jerry Kleczka, managing one of his re-election campaigns. Radke recently concluded a two-year term as chair of the Wisconsin Policy Forum and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Les Aspin Center for Government at Marquette University.

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