President Cavalier Johnson sought the opportunity to serve as alderman because he believes in Milwaukee. Through his work, Cavalier has been committed to serving Milwaukee's neighborhoods, residents, and it's future. Cavalier’s commitment to his district and city began at an early age.
At 14 years old, he was selected by the YMCA to participate in a pre-college program for low-income students in Milwaukee Public Schools. That very same program, Sponsor-A-Scholar, solidified Cavalier’s life commitment to community service and making Milwaukee better for future generations. Cavalier attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and returned home to work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (now Employ Milwaukee). While there, Cavalier served at-risk youth, youth entering the workforce for the first time, and adults retooling to enter the workforce for the last time. Cavalier has also served on boards at the Milwaukee YMCA, ACLU, and Milwaukee Community Brainstorming.
Before serving as 2nd district alderman, Cavalier served our community as a community outreach liaison for City government where he worked diligently with community and faith leaders to find creative solutions to some of Milwaukee’s most pressing issues facing families from all walks of life.
Service has been the hallmark of Cavalier's life and that's why he's proud to serve as alderman in Milwaukee's 2nd district where he will focuses on issues like public safety reform, investing in our infrastructure, early childhood education, equity and inclusion, as well as economic development. Cavalier has also placed an emphasis on improving the quality of life for all residents in Milwaukee during challenging times. By working together, Cavalier is certain that we can get through the coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic stronger as a city, while also working to end the plague of systematic racism in our society.
Cavalier was honored to be chosen by the residents of the 2nd District in 2016 to represent them on the Milwaukee Common Council. Cavalier was re-elected without opposition in 2020 and was also elected by his peers to serve as common council president.
Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson is a graduate of MPS Bay View High School and UW-Madison. Cavalier is married to Dominique and they are blessed to have three children; a son named Oliver and twin daughters named Madison and Bella.