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
Sep 11th, 2014 by Michael Horne
A planned community gathering space instead becomes an underwhelming staircase.
Sep 4th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
He probably has a better chance of beating Barrett than Bob Donovan. But what exactly does Davis stand for?
Aug 26th, 2014 by Jeramey Jannene
"A beautiful day in Milwaukee" and for assembled power brokers as Northwestern Mutual's new skyscraper gets underway.
Aug 20th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
His rock was talk radio, he writes in Washington Times.
Aug 20th, 2014 by Bruce Thompson
Opposition to a pro-business Democrat could help Walker win reelection.
Aug 19th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
A stunning election increases his power. What does it mean for Milwaukee?
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Sep 17th, 2014 by Chris Abele
The lights along Milwaukee's Lakefront are getting an upgrade, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today
Sep 14th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Free Event Tomorrow
Sep 10th, 2014 by Joe Davis, Sr.
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 10, 2014
Sep 10th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Governor Scott Walker, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and other local leaders will honor the victims of September 11, 2001.
Sep 4th, 2014 by Chris Abele
New Marriage Licenses Remain on Hold
Sep 3rd, 2014 by Chris Abele
1.9 Acres of Public Space and Direct Access to Lakefront Highlights Updated Couture Plan