Willie Johnson, Jr. was elected 13th District Supervisor in 2000 and is serving his fourth term on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Johnson was born in Waukegan, Illinois on March 22, 1951. A resident of Milwaukee since childhood, he graduated valedictorian of his class at Lincoln High School , earned a bachelors degree in political science and economics from Northwestern University and has completed courses for the Masters of Public Administration Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to his election, Supervisor Johnson worked for the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services Financial Assistance and Child Welfare Divisions.
Supervisor Johnson is a member of the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and
Professionals, Democratic Party, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, NAACP, Milwaukee Urban League, 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, National Association of Black County Officials, National Association of Social Workers, and the Wisconsin Association of Equal Opportunity; the Supervisor is a trained consultant/facilitator for the Nurturing Program and a trained AODA assessment counselor.
He has been a board member of Neighborhood Housing Services/NeighborWorks of Milwaukee, a task group member for the Housing Opportunity Partnership for Southeastern and Strategies to Overcome Predatory Practices of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and is a member of the MMFHC Advisory Committee. Trained by the Homeownership Counseling Consortium, he is both a homeownership counselor and a homeownership educator.
To address community and economic development issues, Supervisor Johnson is a member of The Harambee Ombudsman Project, Riverwest Neighborhood Association and serves on the Milwaukee Local Initiative Support Corporation Advisory Board of Directors.
He is a board member of Economics Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Research Park, Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Theatre, and JFS Housing, Inc. Supervisor Johnson is a board member of the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation, is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Community Insurance Corporation and is a Wisconsin Counties Association board member.
An advocate of small business formation, Supervisor Johnson is a former member of the State
of Wisconsin Minority Business Development Board and the Council on Small Business, Veteran-Owned Business and Minority Business Opportunities; he is a member of the Milwaukee County Committee to Redevelop the Park East, chairman of the Milwaukee County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Steering Committee, and member of the Wisconsin Business Incubation Association.
Having been a member of the Marquette Interchange Project DBE Advisory Committee of the
Wisconsin Department of Transportation during his first term and a member of Marquette
Interchange Project DBE Goal Setting Committee during his second term, the supervisor is the co-chair of the Labor Development Committee of WISDOT’s SE Freeways Milwaukee County Urban DBE Advisory Committee. In 2008, Supervisor Johnson received a Civil Rights Partnership Award from the Federal Highway Administration in recognition of his efforts to promote and achieve the goals and objectives of the FHWA civil rights programs through the synergy of working relationships. He was honored for his involvement on the Marquette Interchange Project’s Business Development and Labor Development Committees.
The Supervisor is presently appointed to the Milwaukee County Pension Study Commission, Milwaukee County Apprenticeship Work Group, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, Milwaukee County Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Milwaukee County Community Justice Council Executive Committee, Evidence-Based Decision Making Policy Team, and Milwaukee County Pretrial Services Advisory Board.
Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr. is a Co-Chair of the County Board Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee and a member of the County Board Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee and the County Board Economic and Community Development Committee. He has served on the Milwaukee County AODA Quality Assurance Task Force, Milwaukee County Parks, Recreation and Culture Dedicated Funding Task Force, and the Milwaukee County Task Force on Segregation and Race Relations. A member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Supervisor Johnson serves on the Milwaukee County Strategic Planning Operations Team, Milwaukee County Local Emergency Planning Committee and is Community Emergency Response Team trained.