Welcome to Wauwatosa
It’s my honor and privilege to extend the warmest greetings to you. Whether you’re a resident, a visitor, looking to move here, own a business or work here, I invite you to explore and learn more about our dynamic, friendly, and walkable community. Our formal name is Wauwatosa, but many people affectionately call us Tosa.
People love our variety of housing choices from bungalows and mid-century modern to historic Victorians and modern apartments. Our excellent school and city services, plus 2,000 acres of parks and recreation including a community pool, are cherished by people of all ages and makes us an ideal place to raise a family. We have over 30 welcoming neighborhood associations – neighbors supporting neighbors.
Visitors have fun exploring our many booming commercial centers teeming with shopping, dining and entertainment. Small centers like the historic and charming Village, East Town, and MidTown each have their own unique character. People from all over the state come to Mayfair, one of the premier luxury shopping centers and the new fashion corridor at Mayfair Collection. Check out our Farmer’s Markets, summer outdoor concerts, street festivals and art sculptures in Hart Park.
Strategically located in the heart of the greater Metro Milwaukee region, Tosa is home to the largest concentration of medical providers in southeastern Wisconsin. Our largest employer is the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. We’re the newest hub for biotechnology, academic and medical research with the Milwaukee Research Park, UWM Innovation Campus, GE Healthcare and campuses or satellite for six universities.
Our community spirit is strong and quality of life high. We are a city celebrating our past and embracing our future. Join us, explore and you too will fall in love affectionately calling Tosa one your favorite places. Wauwatosa: It’s a way of life.
-Mayor Kathy Ehley
About Mayor Ehley
Mayor Kathy Ehley is the 16th Mayor of Wauwatosa and is currently serving her second term. She 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.
Prior to becoming mayor, Mayor Ehley served for five years as the Executive Director of The Village of Wauwatosa Business Improvement District (BID) overseeing the creation of a strategic development plan for the commercial district and attracting new restaurants and shops, resulting in one of The Village’s strongest growth spurts. As a successful business owner and commercial developer, prior to being mayor, she revitalized an office/warehouse into thriving restaurant, retail and office space. She brings her expertise in building relationships and collaboration to her current role.
Mayor Ehley is a tireless advocate in the arts, education and civic organizations, having served on 20 local, regional and state boards. She serves on the Wisconsin Center District (new Arena) as Board Secretary and Milwaukee County Research Park. She also serves on the Wisconsin League of Municipalities board, The Urban Alliance serving as Vice President, Visit Milwaukee Executive Board, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Commissioner on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and a founding leader of the Regional Transit Leadership Council.
Before running for office, she served on the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa Board, the Wauwatosa Neighborhood Association Council and was a development professional for the Milwaukee Ballet, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public TV Friends and helped found ABCD – After Breast Cancer Diagnosis which has grown to a national organization.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Educational Policy and Community Studies and was honored with a Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence award in 2016 for making the community a better place.
Mayor Ehley and husband Kent have lived in Wauwatosa since 1970. They have a son and daughter, born and raised in Wauwatosa both getting a great education in the Wauwatosa Public School system that has served them well in adulthood. She has two grandchildren living in Denver. She has been a personal chef and makes her own sushi. She’s led donor tours for Channel 10/36 Friends to Kenya, Africa, England and France and takes an annual motorcycle trip across the country with her husband and friends on their Harley.