Welcome to Wauwatosa
It is my privilege to offer you a warm Wauwatosa welcome. Whether you’re a long-time resident or visiting for the first time, I invite you to explore and learn more about our friendly and dynamic community – an old city with something new for everyone.
Visitors flock to Wauwatosa for fine dining, shopping, and entertainment in our historic and charming Village, East Town, and MidTown areas. From all over Wisconsin, people come to shop at the state’s premier shopping center, Mayfair, and our new fashion corridor at the Mayfair Collection. Residents and visitors alike delight in our farmer’s markets and street festivals, summer outdoor concerts in Hart Park, and the Firefly Art Fair on the grounds of the Wauwatosa Historical Society. We’re just minutes away from the Milwaukee County Zoo and Miller Park, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers, and our many hotels offer choices from affordable to luxury options.
Strategically located just west of the City of Milwaukee in the heart of the metropolitan area, Wauwatosa is a hub of biotechnology, academic, and medical research. The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Milwaukee Research Park, UW-Milwaukee Innovation Campus, GE Healthcare, and campuses of six colleges and universities offer a wide range of educational and employment opportunities.
People love our diverse housing choices from historic Victorians, Cape Cods, and bungalows to mid-century modern homes and luxury apartments. Our excellent schools, city services, and 2,000 acres of parks (including a community pool and beer garden) are cherished by people of all ages and make Wauwatosa an ideal place to raise a family. In our community, neighbors support neighbors. More than 30 neighborhood associations welcome new residents and keep our neighborhoods strong.
Our community spirit is robust and our quality of life is high. We’re a city celebrating our past and embracing our future. Join us and you, too, will call Wauwatosa one of your favorite places. Welcome.
– Mayor Dennis McBride
About Mayor McBride
Dennis McBride is Wauwatosa’s 17th Mayor. He is dedicated to guiding the City’s growth in a fiscally responsible way that balances economic growth with maintaining strong neighborhoods and quality city services.
Before becoming Mayor, McBride served 10 years on the Wauwatosa Common Council and two terms as Council President. He also served as Chair of the Council’s Financial Affairs Committee and Transportation Affairs Committee. He was a member of the Village Streetscaping Committee and aldermanic liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission. Before his election as alderman, he served 15 years on the Civil Service Commission, including several terms as Chairman.
A co-founder of Support Our Schools (SOS) Wauwatosa and the Pasadena Neighborhood Association, which he also served as President, McBride was a co-founder of Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, Inc., which has provided a new community swimming pool and beer garden for Wauwatosa. He has served as Vice President of the Wauwatosa Historical Society and is a volunteer coach for Wauwatosa East High School’s “We the People” team in national competition on the Constitution. For 12 years, he served as Coordinator of the Hedge School at Milwaukee Irish Fest.
A lawyer, McBride served as a Law Clerk to a U.S. district judge, worked for private law firms, and taught part-time at Marquette University Law School. He spent 24 years as a Senior Trial Attorney and Supervisory Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also worked as a public relations manager for a Fortune 500 corporation.
A Wauwatosa native, McBride graduated from Tosa East and earned a journalism degree from UW-Milwaukee, a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University, and a law degree from New York University. In 2012 he received UWM’s Alumni Citizenship Award. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” (highest for legal ability and professional ethics) in a legal community poll and in 2014 was named a Fellow of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation for his professional accomplishments. He was a member of Tosa East’s state championship track & field team and is a member of the UWM and Tosa East Athletics Halls of Fame. He twice won the Milwaukee Mayfair Marathon, predecessor to the Lakefront Marathon.
McBride is a member of the Charles Jacobus Park Neighborhood Association and St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he sings in the Senior Choir. He is married to Karen Barry and has three children and a grandson.