Chris Abele is the Milwaukee County Executive. He was first elected in a special election in 2011, and re-elected in 2012.
Elected with an overwhelming 61% of the vote in a special election Chris Abele became Milwaukee County Executive on April 4, 2011. After serving one year, he ran unopposed and was re-elected to a full four year term April 3, 2012. As County Executive, Chris is focused on providing important, effective and efficient services to residents, disciplined decision-making, and making the county more sustainable. He is also focused on bringing civility back to politics. Chris wants to use his position to remind people political labels are not as important as getting things done. He’s proud to work with Democrats and Republicans on numerous issues.
Prior to his election, Chris served for seven years as CEO of the Milwaukee-based Argosy Foundation, where he remains a trustee. The foundation aims to support leaders and organizations that employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches to solving systemic problems. He’s also a highly successful business owner. He founded a successful hospital services business the he sold in 2012 and he still runs a flourishing real estate company, which owns commercial property in Wisconsin, New York and Maine.
Chris is a dedicated personal philanthropist. His philanthropic work has been primarily in arts, education and human rights. Over the past 15 years, his volunteer work has included serving on 31 local, national and international non-profit boards. He currently serves on boards at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schools that Can, and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Chris is also an active fundraiser, chairing and co-chairing campaigns that raised more than $150 million. He has received numerous awards for his effective leadership and speaks regularly on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit best practices.
County Executive Abele is proud to live in Milwaukee with his wife Miriam and their two young daughters, Lauren and Katherine.
Articles Referencing Chris Abele
Jan 15th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Many cities have embraced concept of airport centered growth. Is Milwaukee falling behind?
Dec 3rd, 2014 by Jeramey Jannene
The good news: Three new express routes will move riders more quickly across the county. The bad: transit system running out of money.
Nov 25th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Northwestern Mutual won’t sign full deed restriction for county deal, leaving it free to develop a high-rise development on lakefront land.
Nov 14th, 2014 by Bruce Thompson
They need to get 55 percent of the vote to get back the legislature. Will any strategy work?
Nov 10th, 2014 by Michael Horne
Every branch of the service was represented, along with politicians, ROTC students, debutantes, Hmong police officers and military canines.
Oct 30th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
The proposed sale to NML suggests the city has yet to learn from its folly in building this eyesore.
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Jan 9th, 2015 by Milwaukee County Parks
“What a Beautiful World: A Salute to Those Who Protect and Serve” is the theme of this year’s public celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Monday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.
Dec 18th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Sale of Couture Development Approved
UW-Extension and Hales Corners Wading Pool Amendments Stand, Capital Improvements Veto Overriden By County BoardNov 20th, 2014 by Steve Taylor
Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor today issued the following statement.
Abele Proposes Budget Compromise That Will Add Transit & Deputies, Match Employee Health Care Contributions and Lower Taxes $2.2 MillionNov 18th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced his vetoes today.
Oct 24th, 2014 by Red Arnold
Press release from the Red Arnold campaign
Oct 23rd, 2014 by Chris Abele
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wants to remind people that it is against the law to bring a gun to the Courthouse, even if you have a concealed carry license. In less than a month security officers have caught two people bringing guns into the Courthouse. In both instances the weapons were identified by security […]