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 29th, 2014 by Michael Horne
The TKE fraternity's 1904 home has operated as a rooming house for generations, but it's now suspended and its president faces drug charges.
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.
Press Releases Referencing Chris Abele
Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Criticizes Administration For “Lack of Transparency” in Budget ProposalOct 10th, 2014 by Michael Mayo
Mayo Says Administration Officials Not Open About Their Decisions
Oct 8th, 2014 by Steve Taylor
Meetings set for October 22, 2014
Oct 6th, 2014 by Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Immediately Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses
Oct 2nd, 2014 by Charlie Fox
Charlie Fox, candidate in the November 4 Special Election for the open 5th District Milwaukee County Board seat, attended County Executive Abele’s 2015 budget presentation.
Supervisor Gerry Broderick Says County Executive’s Proposed Budget Projects Unrealistic Savings, Places Burden on the Backs of County EmployeesOct 1st, 2014 by Gerry Broderick
Also Urges More Investment in County Infrastructure, Maintenance
Oct 1st, 2014 by Chris Abele
Highlighting increases in public safety, mental health care and other critical services, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele introduced his 2015 Recommended Budget today.