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 31st, 2014 by Michael Horne
Lots of politicians, journalists, lobbyists and others glad-handed each other and drank free beer to salute the city's 168th birthday.
Jan 30th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Contractor chosen would save taxpayers $15 million a year. So why the delay?
Jan 24th, 2014 by Michael Horne
He's got Abele's backing for the Milwaukee legislative seat, while Barrett backs Dimitrijevic.
Jan 21st, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
City Attorney’s legal opinion helps clarify things, but it’s still a contentious issue.
Jan 16th, 2014 by Michael Horne
He's just 18, but candidate Vincent Synowicz is already mastering the slick verbal skills of a veteran politician.
Jan 3rd, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
25 predictions that are certain (well, maybe) to come true this year.
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Mar 6th, 2014 by Khalif Rainey
Long Lines, Poor Communications System Decrease Jail Morale, Make Conditions Dangerous
Mar 5th, 2014 by Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
They Urge the County Executive to Issue a New Transit RFP
Feb 24th, 2014 by Tom Barrett
Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery
Feb 20th, 2014 by Chris Abele
The Milwaukee County Board today cost taxpayers $76.3 million by rejecting a new transit contract. MV Transportation, a nationally recognized and respected company, was awarded the transit contract last year after winning a competitive bidding process. Two of the losing bidders filed appeals with the County Board. Today, a special committee hand-picked by County Board […]
Feb 20th, 2014 by Deanna Alexander
Supervisor Deanna Alexander said today that she supported efforts by Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan to reallocate funding for a downtown Milwaukee streetcar.
Feb 17th, 2014 by Milwaukee Transit Riders Union
With this year's record cold temperatures, transit riders have been forced to brave the cold while waiting for the bus.