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.
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- Jun 30th, 2015 by Jeramey Jannene
- Jun 25th, 2015 by Michael Horne
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Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Jul 3rd, 2015 by Chris Abele
Union leaders said they will allow their members to go back on the job Saturday, July 4, 2015.
Jul 1st, 2015 by John Weishan
“Abele’s anti-worker demands have led to a strike by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998...”
Jun 30th, 2015 by Chris Abele
Throughout negotiations, the County has and will continue to remain focused on one outcome only – the best service for transit riders now and in the future.
Jun 30th, 2015 by John Weishan
Weishan Calls Giving Away County Assets Irresponsible
Jun 26th, 2015 by Chris Abele
I appreciate Judge Foley's clear decision allowing the redevelopment of the underused Downtown Transit Center to move forward.
Jun 26th, 2015 by Chris Abele
County Executive Abele Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Equality
- Chris Abele hires pricey security guards, upgrades to full-size SUV - Jun 22nd, 2015 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Q&A: Chris Abele on Ward 4, startups and what Milwaukee’s missing - Jun 18th, 2015 - Milwaukee Business Journal - Alison Bauter
- County panel delays Park East land sale to Bucks development group - Jun 15th, 2015 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Daykin
- Feds, state agree to Park East below-market land sales - Jun 9th, 2015 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Daykin