Board of Supervisors

Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson

10th District Supervisor

Represented County Supervisory District 5 prior to decennial redistricting

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for electing me to serve as your Milwaukee County Supervisor for a fourth term. Since I was first elected in April 2016, I have made it my mission to amplify the voices and concerns of my constituents. As your representative, I value and enjoy meeting personally with neighbors, community groups, local organizations, and businesses who are working to build a better community. You are the reason I'm here.

I am honored that my County Board colleagues unanimously re-elected me as their Chairwoman for the 2022-24 term. Milwaukee County continues to face many challenges. We're managing a revenue crisis that has forced us to cut about $30 million from the County Budget each year. We've declared racism a public health crisis and launched a strategic plan to achieve racial equity and become the healthiest county in Wisconsin. We're still confronting a second health care crisis with the COVID-19. These challenges call for intentional leadership and ongoing public engagement. Please don't hesitate to contact me with your thoughts or concerns about these and other issues.

In addition to my responsibilities as Chairwoman, I continue to serve on the boards of the Milwaukee Public Library and the Milwaukee Art Museum. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Local Progress, a national network that supports, connects, and unites progressive local elected officials and allied organizations.

As Chairwoman, I will continue to advocate for progressive legislation and work with you to make our community a better place to live, work, and play. If you have ideas for new policies or how to collaborate with the community to advance our shared values, please let me know!

Staying connected with you is important to me. Please share any news of noteworthy events in your neighborhood or community, or events and projects that involve an organization to which you belong.

I look forward to hearing from you!

How to Contact Me

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Call my office at (414) 278-4261


Connect With Chairwoman Nicholson

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Chats With the Chairwoman

Previous Chats

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
"Celebrating Black Activism"

With special guests: 

  • Tracey Corder, Deputy Campaign Director, Action Center on Race and the Economy
  • Tia Richardson, Community Mural Artist
  • Mariah Smith, Community Organizer, The Peoples Revolution
  • Reggie Jackson, Co-Founder & Lead Trainer/Consultant, Nurturing Diversity Partners 

    Watch the archived video here

Thursday, March 25, 2021
"Black Women Discuss Racism, Colorism and Erasure"

With special guests: 

  • LaTonya Johnson, Wisconsin State Senator (District 6)
  • Shavonda Sisson, Program Director of Ally and Alumni Experience, Public Allies Milwaukee
  • Elle Halo, LGBTQIA/QTPOC Health Equity Advocate/Educator, Planned Parenthood of WI Inclusion Health Program Specialist

Watch the archived video here.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
"The Unique Challenges of Being a Black Leader" 

  • Angela Lang, Black Leaders Organizing Communities
  • Wes Bellamy, Author and former Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, NC
  • Wanda Montgomery, President, Village of Brown Deer
  • David Bowen, WI State Representative (District 10)
  • Vaun Mayes, Community Task Force, Milwaukee
  • Arnitta Holliman, Office of Violence Prevention, City of Milwaukee Health Department

    Watch the archived video here

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About Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson

Marcelia Nicholson is an award-winning activist, and the first Black woman and Latina elected as Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Prior to her election as Board Chair, she served as 1st Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Economic & Community Development and Intergovernmental Relations committees. She sits on the board of directors of several community and national organizations, including Local Progress, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Chairwoman Nicholson works to make opportunities that were given to her as a young woman growing up in 53206—one of the nation’s poorest and most incarcerated ZIP codes—available to others. Chairwoman Nicholson is a champion for working people, public education, economic development, and community empowerment. Her past work as a union activist, community organizer, and educator informs her policy and community work. She has authored and sponsored several significant pieces of legislation, including a $15 living wage ordinance, an eviction reduction program, a resolution establishing Juneteenth Day as a major holiday, and a declaration of racism as a public health crisis (Milwaukee County was the first county or municipality in the United States to do so). She has also secured funding for County parks, advocated on behalf of women of color seeking entrepreneurship, and fought for criminal justice reform.

Chairwoman Nicholson is a proud product of Milwaukee Public Schools and is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to her first election to the Board of Supervisors in 2016, she taught 4th grade at Milwaukee Public Schools. As a member of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association (MTEA), she worked to organize MTEA members and community groups for better teaching and classroom conditions. She earned recognition for her activism and dedication to Social Justice Unionism with a feature profile and cover story in the Fall 2016 edition of the National Education Association magazine.

Chairwoman Nicholson is also the Director of Civic Engagement and Independent Political Power at the Center for Popular Democracy. In her spare time, Marcelia serves as a national trainer for the Progressive Governance Academy, where she trains progressive elected officials across the country on various skills, including transitioning to public leadership and setting an agenda. She also has a passion for baking and owns her own business baking cookies, cakes, and sweets.

Notable accomplishments and recognitions:

  • Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 (2022
  • Milwaukee Business Journal “Power Broker” (2020 and 2021)
  • Milwaukee Democratic Party Rising Star Award (2020)
  • Panelist, Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee (2020)
  • Young Elected Officials Inaugural 35 under 35 (2020)
  • Downtown Milwaukee Downtown Playmaker Award (2019)
  • Young Elected Officials Inaugural Trailblazer Award (2018)
  • Panelist, Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (2018)
  • Local Progress National Board Member (2017)
  • National Working Families Party Academy Delegate to Madrid, Spain (2017)
  • Center for Popular Democracy Elected Representative to World Transformed Festival in Brighton, England (2019)
  • Panelist, Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia (2016)
  • National Education Association (NEA) 30 Under 30 (2016)
  • NEA Magazine Cover Story (Fall 2016)

All press release, newsletter and in the news content dated prior to April 18, 2022, reflects Chairwoman Nicholson representing County Supervisory District 5 prior to decennial Milwaukee County redistricting.

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Press Releases

Chairwoman Nicholson Statement on the Future of Roller Skating at Red Arrow Park


On Wednesday afternoon, County Executive David Crowley vetoed legislation authored by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson which would have allocated $175,000 to help establish a summer roller skating program at Red Arrow Park.

County Supervisors Denounce Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade


County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and Supervisors Felesia A. Martin, Liz Sumner, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sheldon A. Wasserman, Ryan Clancy, and Shawn Rolland issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

Chairwoman Nicholson Proposal to Fund Expanded Voter Outreach Efforts Adopted


Today the County Board of Supervisors adopted (13-4) a proposal by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson to allocate $50,000 to the Office of the County Clerk and Milwaukee County Election Commission to boost voter outreach and education efforts.

County Board Adopts Chairwoman Nicholson Proposal to Fund Roller Skating at Red Arrow Park


Today the County Board adopted (12-6) a proposal by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson to provide funding for a summer roller skating program at Red Arrow Park.

Chairwoman Nicholson Proposal to Change Parkway in Washington Park to Olmsted Way Approved


Today the County Board of Supervisors adopted (14-4) a resolution by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and Supervisor Peter Burgelis to change the name of the parkway in Washington Park to Olmsted Way.

Chairwoman Nicholson Proposal to Reimagine County Board Committees Adopted by County Board


Today the County Board unanimously adopted a proposal by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson to reimagine several standing committees to increase focus on sustainability, parks, transit, and the annual budget.

Chairwoman Nicholson, Supervisor Burgelis Encourage Public Input on Name Change of Parkway in Washington Park to Olmsted Way


Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson recently introduced a resolution celebrating the contributions of Frederick Law Olmsted to Milwaukee County and Washington Park by renaming the portion of Washington Boulevard in Washington Park to Olmsted Way.

Chairwoman Nicholson, Mayor Johnson, State Senator Johnson to Tour Milwaukee Institutions, Discuss Stronger Collaboration Friday


County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson will host Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson and State Senator LaTonya Johnson for a tour of Milwaukee institutions, to discuss how the county, city, and state can better collaborate to meet the needs of residents, and connect on local option funding sources.

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In The News

Wisconsin Examiner: Activists, County Officials Kick Off Early Voting in Milwaukee


Voting rights activists, community organizers and elected officials gathered at the Midtown Center in Milwaukee Tuesday to mark the first day of early voting for the Aug. 9 primary election — a call to the polls that focused on the voting power of minority and marginalized communities.

Urban Milwaukee: Supervisors Propose Parks Youth Corps


A handful of Milwaukee County supervisors are proposing the creation of a corps of young people working in Milwaukee County Parks.

TMJ4: New Proposal for Milwaukee County Parks Creates Opportunity for Area Youth


Milwaukee County Parks are in financial trouble and cutting staffing and spending isn't enough. But, high school students could be part of the solution.

CBS 58: City and County Leaders Visit Milwaukee Institutions


Back to Milwaukee, where city and county leaders visited several local institutions today, on June 24. Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, Mayor Cavalier Johnson and State Senator La Tonya Johnson were a part of the tour -- starting at a Milwaukee staple -- Miss Kate's Diner.

Urban Milwaukee: Board Could Fund Voter Education, Registration


The Milwaukee County Board is moving to provide funding for voter outreach and education. The board’s Finance Committee approved $50,000 in funding for voter registration and outreach efforts to include a marketing campaign, a National Voter Registration Day event and voter registration kiosks with the goal of increasing turnout for the 2022 election.

Urban Milwaukee: County Creates New Youth Commission


The Milwaukee County Youth Commission proposed last month by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and County Executive David Crowley is now official. The board passed legislation to create the commission in May, and the county executive signed it this week.

WPR: Milwaukee County Plans Campaign to Promote Voter Education


Milwaukee County leaders hope to launch an effort to promote voting and voter registration as Wisconsin residents continue to deal with the fallout of lawsuits and rule changes surrounding access to the ballot box.

Urban Milwaukee: Crowley, Nicholson Seek To Revive Youth Commission


Milwaukee County’s top elected officials are trying to re-establish the Milwaukee County Youth Commission. Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson introduced their proposal to the county board’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee Tuesday.

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