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
Mar 24th, 2015 by John Lunz
The proposed plan is being sold as a chance to simply get bids from buyers, but it's really about selling our heritage to private developers.
Mar 24th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Actually, local taxpayers will be donating $450 million. But the press won’t report the details.
Feb 17th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Its Estabrook Dam decision will cost taxpayers millions and harm environment.
Feb 13th, 2015 by Michael Horne
The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.
Feb 11th, 2015 by Michael Horne
Phil Walzak, who ran campaigns for Kohl, Barrett and Abele, is now a high-paid aide and good buddy of New York Mayor de Blasio.
Feb 3rd, 2015 by John Lunz and Laurie Muench
Proposed resolution would allow county to sell O’Donnell Park for redevelopment by any private developer.
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Mar 23rd, 2015 by Chris Abele
Wetzel was a door gunner for the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam on January 8, 1968.
Mar 18th, 2015 by Milwaukee County Transit System
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is proud to announce the hiring of Brendan Conway as its new Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.
Mar 17th, 2015 by Milwaukee County Parks
$635,000 Grant for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Mar 9th, 2015 by Tom Barrett
Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Alverno College
Mar 4th, 2015 by Chris Abele
Event will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5; 80 employers expected
Feb 23rd, 2015 by Chris Abele
The incident is under investigation, but it appears the weapon was snuck into the County jail.