Who's Who of Top Executives

Willie Johnson Jr.

Willie Johnson

Title: Milwaukee County Supervisor, District 2
Company: Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Willie Johnson Jr., Milwaukee County Supervisor District 13 for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public service.

Between 2000 and 2022, Dr. Johnson proudly served as the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors’ 13th District county supervisor. Since 2022, he has excelled as a supervisor for District 2 of Milwaukee County. A certified social worker prior to his election, he enjoyed a career with the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services’ Financial Assistance and Child Welfare divisions. In his capacity as county supervisor, Dr. Johnson represents the needs of more than 52,000 constituents to the county government, sitting on several boards, committees and panels. In order to best work for those who voted him into office, Dr. Johnson is a member of the Boards of Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America, Economics Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Counties Association. Additionally, he collaborates with the National Association of Social Workers- Wisconsin chapter, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council Advisory Committee, and the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope.

Dr. Johnson began his career in politics after receiving the encouragement to run for office from his girlfriend, a union president, when the incumbent supervisor announced their desire to step down. With his background in social work and a family history of work supporting unions and workers’ rights, he seized upon the opportunity to serve as a voice for working-class families in his county. One year before he became a Milwaukee County employee, Willie Johnson, Jr. volunteered at the Milwaukee Minority Chamber of Commerce. In 1986, he assisted minority business development firms in completing applications to become certified for participation in the City of Milwaukee’s Minority Business Enterprise Program.

Dr. Johnson is best known for his work advocating for minority business owners in the community, and for authoring the Park East Redevelopment Compact. In recognition of these actions, he was named in 2015 as a Minority Small Business Champion by the United States Small Business Administration, and was presented with a Civil Rights Partnership Award by the Federal Highway Administration, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary’s Golden Shovel Award.

Dr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Northwestern University and continued his studies at the Wisconsin University of Theology, where he received a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in humanities in 2019. He has completed coursework at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where he has also been invited to speak on various subjects. Dr. Johnson credits his success on perseverance, positivity and empathy for his community. He is a Diamond Life Member of the NAACP and a member of the National Association of Black County Officials, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

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