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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 Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Wisconsin Counties Association, Clean Wisconsin, and the UW-Extension Board of Visitors. 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

Email me

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, Wisconsin Counties Association, Clean Wisconsin, Southeastern Wisconsin Planning Commission, and the UW-Extension Board of Visitors.

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 Joins Board of Directors for Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee


Chairwoman Nicholson was nominated to the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) and attended her first Board Meeting on February 16th.

Board Adopts Chairwoman Nicholson Proposal to Study Solar Power Usage at New Coggs Building


Today, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution which directs the County to conduct a study on the integration of solar photovoltaic systems (solar panels) into the upcoming Coggs Building parking lot project.

Chairwoman Nicholson, Supervisor Wasserman Commend Board Investment in 'High-Impact' Parks Projects


Today, February 1, 2024, the Board of Supervisors approved the release of funding to support a series of county-wide park enhancements selected by Milwaukee County Parks leadership.

Dawn of a New Day: Chairwoman Nicholson, County Executive Collaborate to Sign 2024 Budget, Invest in Essential Services


Today, Wednesday, November 15, 2023, Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and County Executive David Crowley signed the adopted 2024 Milwaukee County Budget.

Board Adopts Resolution for External Audit of Milwaukee County Jail


Today, the Milwaukee County Board unanimously adopted a resolution to develop a scope of work for an external audit of the Milwaukee County Jail.

Board Welcomes a New Day, Adopts 2024 Budget


Today, Thursday, November 9, 2023, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2024 Milwaukee County Budget [17-1].

Board of Supervisors to Celebrate Black History Month with Program Showcasing “African Americans and the Arts”


The County Board of Supervisors will celebrate Black History Month during its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Second Annual Sherman Park Harvest Fest this Saturday


Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and partners will host the Second Annual Sherman Park Harvest Fest featuring music, family-friendly activities and entertainment including the Milwaukee Flyers, pumpkin painting, a caramel apple station, s'mores station, and more!

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In The News

Urban Milwaukee: Milwaukee County Honors Civil Rights Pioneer Vel Phillips


Local and state leaders gathered in Milwaukee Friday to honor the legacy of Vel Phillips, one of the most iconic civil rights activists in Wisconsin history.

Urban Milwaukee: How Do You Calculate a Project’s Climate Impact?


In August, County Executive David Crowley will receive a list of projects recommended for inclusion in next year’s budget. This happens every year. But this time, the projects will have been scored on their climate impact.

FOX 6: Vel R. Phillips: Milwaukee County Leaders Remember Icon's Legacy


Milwaukee County leaders remembered the legacy and life of Vel R. Phillips on Friday, Feb. 16. Phillips would have turned 100 years old on Feb. 18.

JS Online: Here's What We Know About Milwaukee County's Release of Bodycam Footage


Milwaukee County is playing a waiting game when it comes to reviewing policy changes that could potentially offer a recommended timeframe for when bodycam footage is released by local law enforcement to family members and the public.

Milwaukee Magazine: The Power of Black Leadership in Milwaukee


After generations of electing white mayors and county executives, Cavalier Johnson and David Crowley won the top seats of local government in 2020. Was it a blip or a lasting change in Milwaukee’s power dynamics?

Urban Milwaukee: Board Votes to Wait for City Bodycam Lawsuit Ruling


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Urban Milwaukee: County’s Top Attorney Leaving For Broadcasting Job


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Milwaukee Business Journal: 100 Milwaukee-Area Power Brokers for 2024


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