Thank you to the readers of the Shepherd Express for choosing me as the Best Milwaukee County Supervisor in 2015. I've been very lucky to have won this award in the past and I cherish being the "people's choice."
"There are few people who seem not to let adversity stop them in their tracks but rather let those obstacles fuel their desire to succeed. Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic is one of those never-say-die individuals. The experienced pol has toughed out some of the worst attacks on the Milwaukee County Board from County Executive Chris Abele and the Republican-dominated state Legislature, but she doesn’t seem the least bit daunted."
"In fact, she’s cheerfully taken on the extra task of helming the Wisconsin Working Families Party, part of a national network of progressive activists who are pushing elected officials to actually respond to the needs of the 99%. Look for Dimitrijevic and her party to be quite active in the 2016 elections. (Lisa Kaiser)"
Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic has the distinction of being the youngest woman elected County Supervisor when she took office in 2004 at the age of 22. She was subsequently re-elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and 2012. On April 16, 2012, Supervisor Dimitrijevic was elected by her peers to serve as Chairwoman of the County Board of Supervisors. She is the youngest person in the history of Milwaukee County, and only the second woman, to hold that office.
Her last County Board meeting as Chairwoman was in July of 2015, as she decided to return to her supervisory role and continue her work in the community.
Since being elected to office, Supervisor Dimitrijevic has fought energetically on legislative issues that help the community she was born and raised in and now represents. Her legislative agenda has been focused on supporting the needs of working families, adopting higher energy and environmental standards in Milwaukee County, and passing a socially and fiscally responsible budget each year. She has had legislative victories in the areas of equality, responsible economic development, rehabilitative incarceration programs, and environmental protection. Supervisor Dimitrijevic is currently working on civil rights issues, which affect our immigrant and LGBT communities, and dedicated funding for parks and transit.
Marina, the daughter of Serbian immigrants, is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee's South Side. She is an honors graduate of Marquette University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish. Marina also graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee. The 4th Supervisory District is one of two County Board districts with a Latino majority.
Fluent in Spanish, Supervisor Dimitrijevic attended the University of Madrid in Spain as a foreign exchange student. As a participant in Marquette University's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, DC, she worked in the office of Congressman Jerry Kleczka, a well-respected leader who served Milwaukee's South Side. Later, she traveled to Kenya working with newly democratically elected officials. Prior to her election to the County Board, Dimitrijevic worked as a paralegal at Friebert, Finerty and St. John and as a Public Relations Intern for the Milwaukee Common Council.
Marina is known for her commitment to community involvement. She is an active member in over 30 civic organizations in her district. Marina has held over 100 town hall meetings in her elected career and has visited each of the 19 communities in Milwaukee County by bus.
Supervisor Dimitrijevic and her family live in the heart of Bay View, on Milwaukee's South Side.