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 23rd, 2015 by Michael Horne
Plus, a new parking plan for the Pritzlaff Building and a huge increase in wedding bookings at the Pritzlaff. All were revealed at Third Ward ARB meeting.
Apr 16th, 2015 by Jack Fennimore
Panel at The Commons offers advice, encouragement, and anecdotes.
Apr 14th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?
Apr 8th, 2015 by Michael Horne
$1 billion plan for new arena and other development would transform Park East land and tear down Bradley Center.
Apr 6th, 2015 by Dave Reid
A new project on South Water St. continues the pace of development.
Apr 6th, 2015 by Andrea Waxman
Created by Sojourner center and UWM students, it's available to 99 percent of smartphone users.
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Apr 16th, 2015 by Chris Abele
The wellness program at Milwaukee County was designed and implemented with best practices based on what’s worked well in other organizations.
Apr 15th, 2015 by Chris Abele
MCDFC’s most recent quality audit noted measures in the Quality Management Program were 100% met.
Apr 3rd, 2015 by Milwaukee County Transit System
Getting to Miller Park to cheer on the Brewers has never been easier with the MCTS Brewers Line getting you straight to the game.
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Joins Dane County in Call for Indiana Travel BanApr 1st, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Says Milwaukee County Taxpayer Dollars Should Not Be Spent in Indiana Due to State’s Discriminatory New “Religious Freedom” Law
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.