Board of Supervisors

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez

12th District Supervisor

Dear Neighbor,

On April 3, 2018, you elected me to serve as your representative on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and I want to thank you for that privilege.

I am truly honored and blessed to be able to work for the neighborhood I grew up in and love. I want you to know my phone lines and door to my office are always open and that I listen to all voices. I want to assure you the priorities of my community will always be placed first and I will be present and actively involved in community affairs.

In addition to serving on the County Board, I am also on an advisory board for UMOS (United Migrant Opportunity Services), which serves disadvantaged members of our community.

In my opinion we have the most vibrant and culturally diverse area of the County, but that is not to say that we don’t have our share of challenges. We face many issues that are common in many urban areas around the country and we must work together to meet those challenges head on.

I encourage all people in the 12th District to reach out to my office anytime to express your concerns or if you just have general questions as well. I am here to serve you.

Call my office at (414) 278-4269 or email me at

About Supervisor Ortiz-Velez

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is a life-long south side community resident and activist. She attended Hayes and Morgandale elementary schools, Kosciusczko Middle School and Bay View High School. She has seven brothers and sisters and over 25 nieces and nephews. Her father was an evangelical minister for decades and is now a small business owner in the district.

Supervisor Ortiz-Velez has a degree in political science from the UW-Milwaukee and has been a Wisconsin-licensed real estate broker for over 15 years. Sylvia was born and raised in the district and has proudly been a volunteer in the community for many years prior to being elected. She has fought tirelessly on issues that our district has been presented with and she brings that passion with her to the County Courthouse on behalf of the people she is honored to serve. Sylvia understands the deep sense of pride that south siders share in our part of the County and has enthusiastically represented their interests both in and out of office.

Sylvia sits on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, the Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee, and the Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee. She also is a member of the Mitchell Park Domes Task Force, and an UMOS advisory board.

Sylvia represents one of the most diverse and unique districts in Milwaukee County and wants to make sure all people have a voice. Sylvia’s platform as County Supervisor is to re-vamp and preserve the Mitchell Park Domes to ensure its existence for generations to come, protect and expand public transit, practice fiscal responsibility while prioritizing vital public services to the people who need it the most and taking care of Milwaukee County’s most vulnerable citizens.

Sylvia proudly resides in Milwaukee’s Walker's Square neighborhood.


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Press Releases

Supervisors Denounce Anti-Democratic Coup Attempt in Washington D.C.


Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, Jason Haas, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Shawn Rolland, Steven Shea, Liz Sumner and Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the riotous mob storming the United States Capitol in a reprehensible attempt to stop Congress from certifying the Presidential election

County Board Resists Review of Homelessness Funding


Milwaukee County Supervisors Deanna Alexander, Patti Logsdon, and Sylvia Ortiz-Velez wrote and submitted to the County Board, a resolution aimed at helping to house the part of Milwaukee’s homeless population that federal funding is unable to assist.

Board of Supervisors Endorses Expanded Access to Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants


The Board of Supervisors adopted (14-2) a proposal from Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez to endorse portions of Governor Tony Evers' budget that would restore full access to driver's licenses for all Wisconsin residents, regardless of immigration status.

Media Advisory: Supervisor Ortiz-Velez to Call for Study of Hemp Cultivation


Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is calling for Milwaukee County to study if growing hemp in county greenhouses could generate revenue for the County through sale of hemp products.

Supervisor Ortiz-Velez Committed to Repairing Mitchell Park Domes


Supervisors Sylvia Ortiz-Velez released the following statement in response to a study that called for the demolition of the Mitchell Park Domes.

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