Teig Whaley-Smith

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law
Professional Memberships: 
Wisconsin Bar Association (inactive)
Other Courses Taught: 
Community & Economic Development Law, Starting & Managing a Law Practice, Contract Drafting


Teig’s passion is building and leading collaborative teams to make Milwaukee the best place on planet earth.  He believes that for Milwaukee to achieve its full potential, there needs to be a focus on the people and neighborhoods that have been left out of the larger political, social and economic systems.  Teig was raised and continues to live in the Sherman Park neighborhood and is a proud Milwaukee Public Schools alumni and parent.

Most recently, Teig served as the chief operating officer of Milwaukee County under County Executive Chris Abele.  Teig managed a $1.2 billion annual budget, serving one million residents.  He was a manager, mentor and coach of a team of 250 high performing professional staff.  Teig and his team redirected $300 million of annual expenses to community benefits including expanding mental health services and eliminating chronic homelessness. 

Teig was the primary liaison for the County in the strategy and transformation efforts of Visit Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Center District, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Marcus Center and the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Perhaps most significantly, he was a core member of the leadership team that was the first municipality in the country to declare racism as a public health crisis and develop a strategic plan to combat racism.  Teig also served as the Economic Development Director of Milwaukee County and led the efforts to develop more than $1 billion in the former Park East corridor, including Fiserv Forum. 

Prior to joining Milwaukee County, Teig led a community economic development firm that developed $60 million of affordable housing and main street development.