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
Jul 22nd, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
She’s running for assembly but wanted to continue as county supervisor and collect two full-time salaries.
Jul 16th, 2014 by Michael Horne
Will continue after 3 decades as board chair! Did mayor and governor swap appointments to make this happen?
Jul 10th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Board wants to put 4 advisory referendum questions on the ballot, at a cost of more than $100,000. Why?
Jun 19th, 2014 by Jeramey Jannene
The $102 million, 18-story tower at 833 E. Michigan is huge development, with no city financing. The full story, with photos and building renderings.
Jun 10th, 2014 by Jeramey Jannene
Ten years later, the city and county are finally on the same page. Is development in the area ready to "explode"?
May 20th, 2014 by Bruce Murphy
Abele wants some 200 retirees to stop getting illegal pension benefits, but board members are outraged.
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Jul 14th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Veterans and Active Military Members Receive Discount
Jul 10th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says he is excited about the opportunity of partnering with Northwestern Mutual in a potential sale of the O’Donnell Parking Garage.
Jul 2nd, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke are announcing a crackdown on employees abusing medical leave.
Jun 30th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Abele Sued Over His Support of Same Sex Marriage
Jun 27th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Newly Named Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Will Make a Difference
Jun 17th, 2014 by Joe Czarnezki
“Judge Crabb’s decision is a giant step towards marriage equality,”