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Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson

10th District Supervisor

RNC Operational Updates for Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will remain open during the Republican National Convention (RNC). All court operations (Civil and Family Filings, Restraining Orders, Probate, In Custody Intake Court, Preliminary Hearings) will be operating at Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center (10201 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa, WI.) For more information about how other Milwaukee County services and operations will be impacted during the RNC, visit Milwaukee County's RNC updates webpage.  

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

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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, 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 Issues Statement Regarding Man Killed Near the Republican National Convention by Ohio Police


Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson issued the following statement in response to the tragic death of a Milwaukee County man killed near the Republican National Convention by Ohio police.

Chairwoman Nicholson Announces Milwaukee County Board Committee Assignments


Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson has announced committee assignments for the 2024-26 term of the Board of Supervisors.

$2 Million in Funding for Near West Side Affordable Housing Project Approved by County Board


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized a $2 million contract with Near West Side Partners to support the Concordia 27 project during the June monthly meeting.

Milwaukee County Makes Herstory with 2024-26 Term


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has made history with women now holding 10 out of 18 County Board seats following the Spring General Election.

Board of Supervisors Approves Resolution Expanding Solar Energy Production at Marcia P. Coggs Health and Human Services Center


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to expand solar energy production at the Marcia P. Coggs Health and Human Services Center during today’s monthly meeting.

Marcelia Nicholson Re-Elected Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors


Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson was re-elected by a supermajority of Supervisors [13-5] to continue her role as Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors for the 2024-2026 term during Monday’s board meeting.

Johnsons Park Renaming Ceremony to Take Place Saturday


The renaming ceremony for the newly named Clarence and Cleopatra Johnson Park will take place this Saturday, May 4, 2024.

County Board to Hold Swearing-In Ceremony on Monday


On Monday, April 15, 2024, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will convene for a swearing-in ceremony of new and returning Supervisors. Following the swearing-in ceremony, the Board will elect a chairperson, vice chairperson, and second vice chairperson for the 2024-2026 term.

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In The News

Urban Milwaukee: Supervisors Embrace Part-Time Roles, Schedule


It’s been more than a decade since 2013 Wisconsin Act 14 curtailed the Milwaukee County Board’s powers and reduced supervisors to a part-time salary, and now, after much turnover on the board, supervisors have waved the white flag, finally surrendering to a part-time role in county government.

Urban Milwaukee: First Majority-Women Milwaukee County Board in History Sworn In


For the first time in county history, a majority of supervisors on the Milwaukee County Board are women.

Urban Milwaukee: County Government Charts Big Expansion of Solar Power


The Milwaukee County Board would like to go big on solar power. Since December last year, supervisors have chased the possibility of outfitting the county’s new Human Services building with enough solar panels to power it.

JS Online: For First Time, Women Make Up Majority of Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors


History was made at the swearing-in ceremony of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on Monday: With 10 of 18 members being women, the body has its first female majority.

Urban Milwaukee: County Seeks New Youth Commissioners


The county has begun accepting applications for the 2025 term of the Milwaukee County Youth Commission, with 14 seats on the 18-district commission open at the start of the 2025 term.

CBS 58: Historic Day: Women Now Hold the Majority on the Milwaukee County Board


History was made Monday, at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Eighteen members of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors were sworn into office, 10 of them being women, marking the first time in nearly 200 years that women hold a majority.

JSOnline: The Futures of Milwaukee's Charles Allis Art Museum, Villa Terrace Called Into Question


The fates of two taxpayer-owned cultural institutions on Milwaukee's east side — the Charles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum — are coming into question as their fiscal burden on Milwaukee County grows.

CBS 58: Milwaukee County Invests $250K in Wisconsin's 1st Black-Owned Bank


A historic moment Friday morning as Milwaukee County invests $250,000 in Columbia Savings and Loan. It's the start of a partnership between the county and the state's first and only Black-owned bank.

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