Managing Director, International Alumni Relations
Lora Klenke, the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s managing director for International Alumni Relations, is responsible for developing new efforts to engage University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni living internationally. Her work builds on an advancement model that aligns and assists in bringing alumni influence and support to the university’s highest priorities, for its global profile, and for international education, research, and corporate relations. Klenke’s position is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of International Studies and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA).
Klenke brings more than 20 years of global development, engagement, research and strategic partnering experience to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was responsible for the state’s export and foreign direct investment growth strategy as the vice president of international business development with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. In that role, she advised business and government leaders on global business opportunities, trade issues and diplomatic protocol. She also led global agricultural economic-development programs for the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, where she executed numerous initiatives in countries including Korea, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Canada and Turkey.
Klenke is an active leader of the professional and local community. She serves on the board of directors for the Midwest U.S. Japan Association and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. She also serves as a troop leader for the Wisconsin Badgerland Girl Scout Council. Her past board and advisory council appointments include the Wisconsin China Initiative; Madison International Trade Association; U.S. Dairy Export Council; Wisconsin Farm to School Advisory Council; the Global Business Resource Center; the U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council; and the Executive Advisory Council for the Food Export Association–Midwest. Klenke lived and worked in Japan for several years, where she assisted Japanese companies with exports to the United States and served as a cultural liaison. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from UW-Madison, with an emphasis in East Asian Studies.