MMSD is run by a Commission made up of eleven members. Seven are appointed by the mayor of the City of Milwaukee (subject to Common Council confirmation). At least three must be elected officials and each of the seven members must have his or her principal residence in the City of Milwaukee.
Four Commission members are appointed by the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council (ICC) which is composed of the mayors and village presidents of the Milwaukee County suburban municipalities (excluding South Milwaukee). At least three of these appointees must be elected officials and each of the four members must have his or her principal residence within the District but outside of the City of Milwaukee.
Commissioners establish and enforce District policy through the following two standing Commission Committees:
- Policy, Finance & Personnel Committee
- The Operations Committee
||Michael A. West, Chair of the MMSD Commission
President, Village of Fox Point
Mr. West has been Village President of Fox Point since 2002 and has lived in Milwaukee County for the last thirty years. He is a registered architect and professional engineer in private practice, specializing in structural engineering. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois - Urbana and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Mr. West is active in the development of engineering and construction standards for the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
||Michal Ann Dawson, Vice Chair of the MMSD Commission
Although Michal Ann Dawson was raised and educated in California, she has spent the last 40 years living, raising a family, and working in Milwaukee.
She held various positions in Milwaukee city government, among them Special Assistant to Mayor John Norquist for 11 years, and concluded her employment with the City of Milwaukee as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of City Development.
As a retiree, Ms. Dawson remains involved as a community volunteer, serving on various Boards and Commissions.
|Lyle A. Balistreri, President of the Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council
Chair: Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Building Trades Conference
Started as an electrician's apprentice in 1967. Served a five year apprenticeship. Became the first organizer in the Building Trades in at least 30 years. Served as an Executive Board member with Local 494 IBEW from 1982—1988. Business Representative/Organizer from 1988—1996. Elected Building and Construction Trades President in February of 1996. Currently serving fifth term as President.
|| Tim Carpenter, State Senator
|Ben Gramling, Director of Environmental Health Programs - Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Ben has gained progressive experience with and developed a strong understanding of the connections between public health and the urban environment since coming to the Department of Environmental Health at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in 2001. His work on Milwaukee's south side has focused on the sustainable redevelopment of Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley and the revitalization of the Kinnickinnic River Corridor, and he oversees the agency's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
A product of Milwaukee Public Schools, Ben completed undergraduate coursework in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado before receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Forest Ecology & Management, and he received a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ben also holds a pending appointment to the Milwaukee River Revitalization Council, a Governor-appointed group that fosters effective protection and restoration of the waters of the Milwaukee River Basin.
John R. Hermes, Village President of Greendale, Wisconsin (2006—present)
- Member Executive Council Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (2006—present)
- Greendale Board of Tax Review, (2001—present)
- Chairman, Greendale Community Development Authority (2006—present)
- Executive member, Intergovernmental Cooperation Council of Milwaukee County (2006—present)
- Village of Greendale Finance Committee, Greendale, Wisconsin (1998—present)
- Vice Chairman, Greendale Community Development Authority (2003—2006)
- Greendale Village Public Health, Welfare, and Safety Committee (2001—2006)
- Village Trustee, (Elected & Re-Elected 4.5 Terms) Greendale, Wisconsin (1998—2006)
- Greendale Village Public Works Committee, 2 Yrs. as Chairman (1998—2001)
- Director of Legislative Affairs (Elected) National Air Traffic Controllers Association, MKE (1989—2010 retired.)
- Member of National Legislative Committee (Appointed) – National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Washington, D.C. (1992—1998)
- Great Lakes Region Legislative Committee Chairman (Appointed) - National Air Traffic Controllers Association (1992—1998)
| Carl F. Krueger
Mr. Krueger is the village president of Brown Deer and Vice-chair of the board of the North Shore Fire Department.
He is also the Owner and President of Carl Krueger Construction Inc. and a recognized expert in the repair and restoration of fire and water damaged buildings.
- Certifications include Fire and Smoke remediation, Lead Safe Renovations, and CleanTrust (formerly IICRC) certified water remediation contractor.
- His company was established in 1991 and is recognized by Remodelers Magazine Top 500 as the 149th largest contractor in the United States and perhaps the largest in our Metro Area.
- Awarded Future 50” status by MMAC in 2009.
- Designated Contractor of the Year several times by NARI.
- Carl's daughter Diane is the first woman President of the Milwaukee NARI association.
- Member of National Association of Remodeling and Improvements Contractors, the Metropolitan Builders Association, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
He has been married to wife Charlene for forty- four years and has three adult children who all live in the Metro Area.
|| Leon A. Saryan, Ph.D.
Commissioner Saryan is a biochemist and toxicologist with a strong interest in environmental sciences, especially the protection of Lake Michigan. He recently retired from Aurora Health Care after nearly 30 years as technical director of ACL Industrial Toxicology, one of the nation's leading analytical toxicology laboratories specializing in lead and other hazardous material exposures. He also served as safety/environmental compliance officer for Aurora's 600-employee main clinical laboratory.
Saryan received a B.A. in Natural Sciences (chemistry and biology) from the Johns Hopkins University in 1970, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1975. He then joined the UW-Milwaukee Chemistry Department, where he conducted research and taught courses in chemistry and biochemistry.
In 2003, Dr. Saryan received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Environmental Performance for spearheading the elimination of mercury from Aurora Health Care facilities. He also participated in an environmental mission to Armenia which studied the protection of Lake Sevan, one of the world's largest high-altitude fresh water lakes.
He became familiar with surface water pollution issues while serving on Greenfield's Stormwater Steering Committee in 2007-2008. He is also member of the Greenfield Health Department Board. He holds a clinical appointment in the Department of Pathology at Medical College of Wisconsin and was elected an overseas member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia in 2008.
|| Lena C. Taylor, State Senator
Willie C. Wade, Alderman
City of Milwaukee
Commissioner Willie C. Wade is the alderman for the City of Milwaukee's 7th District. He was first elected to office during a special election on April 1, 2003, and was recently reelected for a fourth term with 98% of the vote in the April 13, 2012 spring election.
Alderman Wade a member of the following boards and committees:
Century City Redevelopment Corporation
Fresh Coast Basketball Classic
Zoning Neighborhood and Development Committee
Community and Economic Development Committee
Public Works Committee
Environmental Justice Task Force (SEWRPC)
Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority (RACM)
Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) (Credit Committee and Advisory Board Member)
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB)
Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club (Advisory Board)
|| Wallace White
Mr. White is the Principal/CEO of W2Excel, LLC a management consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, business development, management training, one on one counseling and crisis intervention & issue management. Mr. White received his BA from Roosevelt University in Chicago and his MPA from the University of Southern California.
He served for 12 years as a Vice President of Sverdrup Civil, Inc. of St. Louis, Mo. and then Jacobs Engineering of Pasadena, CA. before retiring in 2004 when he founded W2Excel. Prior to that he held positions for 11 years as Executive Director and Administrator of major water and wastewater treatment agencies including 9 years managing the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Utility Administration. He was also Deputy Director of Public Works in Newark, N.J. where he was responsible for engineering design & construction, water supply & distribution, solid waste collection, sewer maintenance and traffic & signals operations.
Mr. White is currently the Chair of the African American Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lao Family Board, member of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board of Directors, member of the Bayshore Town Center Community Advisory Board, and an Adjunct Instructor at Cardinal Stritch University College of Business & Management.