Board of Supervisors

Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson

5th District Supervisor

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Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for electing me to serve as your Milwaukee County Sueprvisor for another term. 2020-22 is my third term as a Supervisor on the County Board. Since I was first elected in April 2016, I have made it my mission to amplify the voices and concerns of District 5 residents. As your representative, I particularly value and have enjoyed 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 colleagues on the Board elected me as their Chairwoman for the 2020-22 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 have built Milwaukee County's strategic plan around achieving racial equity and becoming the healthiest county in Wisconsin. We're confronting a second health care crisis in the form of the Coronavirus. Each of these challenges calls for thoughtful, steady leadership and ongoing engagement with the public. Please don't hesitate to contact me with your thoughts or concerns about these and other issues.

I continue to serve on the Boards of the Milwaukee Public Library and 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.

Staying connected with my constituents is critically important to me. Please let me know about noteworthy events in your neighborhood or that involve an organization to which you belong. I look forward to neighborhood and community events where can discuss district issues with you, and I encourage you to attend my events, like my listening sessions on the 2021 county budget and my upcoming 2020 Chats.

I will continue to sponsor legislation and work with you to make our community better for all. Please let me know about issues that are important to you.

I encourage you to reach out to my office so that we can keep you up to date on any new developments or events in the district.

How to Contact Me

Email me

Call my office at (414) 278-4261

Connect With Chairwoman Nicholson

Chairwoman Nicholson welcomes the opportunity to hear from you. Here are some upcoming meetings. To receive instructions on how to join one or more of these events, fill out the form below so we can verify you are a Milwaukee County resident. This information is essential to ensuring the security of the event.

2021 County Budget

Chairwoman's Listening Sessions

Wednesday, Sept. 30
7 – 8 p.m. 

Thursday, Oct. 15
7 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29
Noon - 2 p.m.

2020 Chats With the Chairwoman

Exploring Topics on Race & Racism

Wednesday, Oct. 7
7 - 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22
7 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
7 - 8 p.m.

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Press Releases

Nicholson Measure Providing Housing Support to MATC Students Approved


The Milwaukee Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson today to allocate $35,000 to an independent fund that helps Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) students avoid eviction and maintain housing stability while they earn their degree.

Supervisors Want Details on Progress Towards Racial Equity from County Departments


The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution condemning racial injustice in America and Milwaukee and requesting detailed reports from several major Milwaukee County departments about policies and practices to achieve racial equity.

Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson Endorses County Exec’s Vision, Pledges to Work Together


In a statement released Monday, County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson endorsed County Executive David Crowley’s vision for Milwaukee County and pledged to continue to work together towards common goals.

Juneteenth Now a Permanent County Holiday


The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution making June 19 of every year, or “Juneteenth”, a holiday across Milwaukee County today. The action solidifies the establishment of June 19 as a permanent County holiday, a process that began when County Executive David Crowley declared June 19, 2020 a holiday by executive order last week.

Chairwoman Nicholson Urges Local Health Officers to Enforce Statewide Mask Rule


In a statement released Thursday, County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson praised Governor Tony Evers for his emergency order requiring facemasks indoors and called upon the local health officers in Milwaukee County to commit to enforcing the mandate.

County Board’s Black Caucus is Developing Proposals to Achieve Racial Equity


As part of Milwaukee County’s ongoing work to achieve racial equity, the Black Caucus of the Board of Supervisors is developing a set of policy proposals to dismantle systemic racism, improve accountability for law enforcement, and provide necessary services to the public. The Black Caucus released the following statement today regarding their policy ideas and the protests related to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

“We Need Federal Aid, Not Federal Agents” - Leaders of One Milwaukee Task Force Issue Joint Statement


Leaders of the One Milwaukee Task Force issued a joint statement Tuesday on President Trump’s announcement that he is sending federal law enforcement officers to Milwaukee.

New Committee Will Focus on Racial Equity


In pursuit of improved efficiency, cost savings, and racial equity, the Board of Supervisors has created a new standing committee to improve oversight and accountability for policy implementation within Milwaukee County government.

County Board Endorses Chairwoman Nicholson’s Call for Criminal Justice Reform


The Board of Supervisors endorsed federal legislation today that would begin to repair the harmful, ineffective, and wasteful aspects of mass incarceration - linked to the passage of the 1994 federal crime bill - by transforming the nation's criminal justice system to promote shared power, freedom, equality, safety, and human dignity.

Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson Speaks Out on George Floyd Murder


County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson released the following statement regarding ongoing protests against police violence and racism.

Chairwoman Nicholson Appoints Nicole Best to Milwaukee County Pension Board


County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson announced Thursday that she has appointed Nicole Best, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Heartland Advisors, a local investment company, to the Milwaukee County Pension Board.

Nicholson, Czarnezki, and Rolland Lead Effort to Secure Critically Needed Federal Aid


County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and Supervisors Joseph Czarnezki and Shawn Rolland introduced a resolution today urging the U.S Congress to pass and President Donald J. Trump to sign a $500 billion emergency stabilization aid package for counties and cities across America.

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