Mandela Barnes, Council Member
In 2012 Mandela Barnes was elected to serve in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Representative Barnes graduated from Milwaukee’s John Marshall High School, and finished school at Alabama A&M University.
After returning to Milwaukee, Mandela interned in the Office of Mayor Tom Barrett, eventually moving into the position of Staff Assistant. After leaving the Mayor’s Office, Mandela began working in the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, and eventually became the Lead Organizer and Director for Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), a coalition of faith-based groups advocating for social justice in the greater-Milwaukee community.
Representative Barnes was sworn into office in January of 2013, and currently serves on the Committees on Corrections, Education, Jobs & the Economy, and Small Business Development. Representative Barnes also served as the chairman of the Legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus.
Additionally, Representative Barnes has served nationally as a leader for education policy and gun violence prevention with legislators across the country, and recognized as one of America’s top pro-growth progressive leaders by The NewDeal. He has also had the honor to serve on a number of international delegations to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. At home, he is active in a number of organizations serving the greater Milwaukee Area including: Newaukee (Advisory Board), Social X (Advisory Board), Democratic Party of Milwaukee County (past Vice Chair), Citizen Action of Wisconsin (Board Member), New Leaders Council (Advisory Board), Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (Community Advisory Board), NAACP, and the Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals.