Deidre Garton

Board Member, Wilson Foundation

Deirdre Garton has been on the board of the Wilson Foundation for over thirty years, twice as chair. She trained as a lawyer and practiced family law as well as juvenile law in the private and public sector. She has always been interested in systems issues including data sharing among law enforcement agencies and measurement of the effectiveness of programs to which young offenders were sent. As chair of the Wisconsin Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission from 2003–2010, she worked to incorporate evidence-based practices into the juvenile justice system.


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Let’s Be Candid About Board Succession Planning

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Katie Ensign, Deidre Garton, Megan Bell

Board meeting where people are analyzing numbers on a sheet
The Wilson Foundation was started in 1963 by Joe Wilson, founder of Xerox Corporation, and his wife, Peggy. The foundation embarked on strategic planning to revisit their giving priorities, but they quickly realized their impact goals would be successful only if they had the proper governance structure. In this blog, they share their board succession planning process… Read More

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