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
Apr 10th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
It’s difficult to find anyone who increases his budget faster than Sheriff Clarke.
Apr 3rd, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Defeat of Mayor Jeff Scrima could mean better relations between the two cities.
Mar 24th, 2014 by Michael Horne
The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.
Mar 11th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Former county exec’s lucrative pension plan caused scandal, transformed Milwaukee politics, and led way for Scott Walker.
Mar 10th, 2014 by Michael Horne
Many of the board's seats are either vacant or held by legally unqualified individuals.
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.
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Apr 16th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement about the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Apr 16th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele welcomes back some of the best food on wheels when Food Truck Thursday returns to the Courthouse on Thursday, April 17th.
Apr 11th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will officially reopen 10th Street in front of the Courthouse at 3pm today.
Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Says County Executive Is Not Being Transparent About Transit Appeal ProcessApr 9th, 2014 by Michael Mayo
Transit Ridership of Milwaukee County is "Handcuffed" by The County Executive's Demand for a New RFP Appeals Process
Apr 9th, 2014 by Patricia Jursik
"I'm from the Private Sector and I'm here to help myself."
Apr 8th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing a bill today that will create an independent board of experts to oversee Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Hospital.