Alderman Wade's Biography
Alderman Willie C. Wade was first elected to office during a special election held on April 1, 2003, and was recently elected to his fourth term with 98% of the vote in the April 13, 2012 spring election. He is the only alderman in the history of the City of Milwaukee who has defeated four other aldermen in a race for office. He is currently the longest-serving African American member of the Common Council.
Alderman Wade has lived in the 7th District for more than 40 years and has spent more than 27 years working in the community as a mentor, coach and teacher. Alderman Wade attended Milwaukee Hamilton and Milwaukee Riverside (for its human services career specialty program) for high school. He attended Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He spent 19 years as an employee of Milwaukee Public Schools, including 15 years working with special education students. He was a member of SEIU for 10 years and is a longtime member of MTEA.
Alderman Wade created a college scholarship fund in 2003 for inner city youth. So far the fund has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to area youth. He also started a “Reading Wednesday” program in 2005 where he goes out to city schools, reads to younger students, and teaches a civics class for older students to promote literacy.
Alderman Wade is instrumental in serving the City of Milwaukee through his board membership with the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), as a Commissioner on the board of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM), as a Commissioner of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), as a member of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), as chair of the Century City Redevelopment Corp. (CCRC), as chair of the Fresh Coast Basketball Classic and as an Environmental Justice Task Force Liaison for the Advisory Committee for SEWRPC. Alderman Wade is the vice chair of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee and is a member of the Community & Economic Development and Public Works Committees.
Alderman Wade has helped attract more than $100 million worth of investment in the 7th Aldermanic District for developments since he has been in office.