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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 two standing committees: Policy, Finance & Personnel Committee and the Operations Committee.
OWNER OF MARTINSEK & ASSOCIATES
Kris Martinsek is the principal and owner of Martinsek & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the provision of public information, public relations & marketing and government affairs & public policy. She has more than 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors working on highly visible public projects providing information and organizing the public around issues to gain support and move projects forward. Prior to starting her firm, Kris worked for the City of Milwaukee and also served on the MMSD where she had the privilege of working on clean up and development of the Milwaukee River, the lakefront, and construction of the harbor island. She previously served on the Harbor Commission, the Wisconsin Women's Council, and a variety of not-for-profit boards.
MAYOR, CITY OF WAUWATOSA
Mayor Kathy Ehley is the 16th Mayor of Wauwatosa. She is dedicated to guiding the City’s growth in a fiscally-responsible way that balances economic growth with maintaining quality city services and strong neighborhoods. Kathy 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. This is an area that has been profoundly impacted by flooding and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) flood mitigation efforts. As a successful business owner and commercial developer, Kathy revitalized a warehouse into thriving restaurant, retail and office space. She brings her expertise in building relationships and collaboration to her role as Mayor and as MMSD Commissioner.
Kathy is a tireless volunteer in the arts, education and civic organizations, having served on 20 local, regional and state boards. She currently serves on the boards of Milwaukee County Research Park, Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Wauwatosa Neighborhood Association Council and the Milwaukee County Capital Improvements Committee. She has been a development professional for the Milwaukee Ballet, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public TV Friends.
MAYOR, CITY OF WEST ALLIS
Dan Devine was elected Mayor of West Allis in 2008 and is serving his third term. Prior to serving as mayor, he served one term on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors representing the 17th District.
He serves as a member of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board and is currently Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council. He is also Past President of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities.
Devine is married and has two children.
Senator Johnson is currently serving her first term as State Senator for the 6th District, which is located on Milwaukee’s Northwest side. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Sen. Johnson was State Representative for the 17th Assembly District for four years.
Senator Johnson has been a resident of Milwaukee for thirty years. For the 10 years prior to be to being elected to the State Assembly, she owned and operated a child care center serving Milwaukee’s low-income children. Improving the health, safety, and quality of life for Wisconsin’s children and their families is Senator Johnson’s top legislative priority.
For the 2017 – 2018 Legislative Session, Senator Johnson is a member of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services; Senate Committee on Education; Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce & Local Government; and will serve as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing & State-Federal Relations.
Senator Johnson has also been appointed to the Wisconsin Center District Board, the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, and the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council.
Before running for office, Sen. Johnson served as an Executive Board member for AFSCME’s District Council 48, President of AFSCME Local 502 Milwaukee Child Care Providers Together, and Chair of AFSCME’s Women Committee. She has been a Financial Employment Planner for Wisconsin Shares, a member of the Special Committee on Public Assistance Program Integrity, and the drafting committee for the Wisconsin Shares Subsidy Policy Guide.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNITY LENDING, U.S. Bank
After serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve has dedicated his time and energy to serving the Milwaukee area as resource of information for financial education, community and economic development. As a current resident and home owner of the near northwest side of Milwaukee he originally was born in New York City and raised in the heart of the “South Bronx”. He has been in the banking industry for twenty-five years and in a variety of roles and capacities. Currently he is the Senior Vice President Community Lending, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage Wisconsin. Prior to rejoining US Bank for fourteen years he served as the Vice President Community Development Banking for PNC Bank where he provided direct support to community social services organizations with financial resources to increase homeownership, enhances small businesses growth and supports economic development through catalytic projects in south eastern Wisconsin.
Eugene continues to serve on numerous non-profit boards and advisory councils throughout the Milwaukee area. He is extremely passionate about his work within disenfranchised communities and is committed to making it his life’s work help in enhancing the quality of life in Milwaukee. Although committed to community work, his true passion is raising his three boys Gabriel, Emanuel, Mateo and daughter Malia with his wife Gladys.
Eugene attended The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he developed his passion for social responsibility as a student majoring in history. He has continued his education locally at Cardinal Stritch University earning a bachelor’s Science Business Administration, a master’s degree in Business Administration and currently in his last year as a Doctoral Candidate in his studies of Leadership for the advancement of Learning and Service.
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ALDERMAN, CITY OF MILWAUKEE
José G. Pérez was born in May 1968 in Milwaukee and grew up on the near south side, where he was raised by his Puerto Rican mother and grandparents. As immigrants to the U.S. in the early 1950’s, José’s family instilled a passion for hard work and a belief in the possibility of change in the first generation American.
José began his community work in Milwaukee in 1991, and early work experience ranged from investigating welfare fraud to developing gang prevention and youth development programs for non-profit organizations. José enrolled at Cardinal Stritch University and was the first Latino Student Government Association President and the first recipient of the Multi-Cultural Image Award that is now institutionalized at the university. He also interned for Congressman Kleczka in Washington D.C. through the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Institute (1996), for Milwaukee Mayor John O. Norquist (1997) and for the Milwaukee City Clerk’s office (1998) during the summers.
José obtained a B.A. in political science from Cardinal Stritch in May 1999. He soon became MICAH’s executive director and led the organization to create the Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods Coalition, consisting of labor and community organizations to ensure the Park East Land Corridor development would benefit the entire city. He also served as Hispanic/Latino Advisory Committee member for former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.
In February 2004, José joined the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrialized Organizations (AFL-CIO) as a National Field Representative, and joined the City of Milwaukee, Department of City Development (DCD) in January 2006. He served DCD as an Economic Development Specialist working on business development, real estate development, planning, permitting and public housing until September 2009. Jose then became a Program Officer for the City of Milwaukee, Community Development Grants Administration, where he managed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.
In addition to his university studies, José pursued many educational programs and certifications to enhance his understanding of community and leadership issues. He attended several institutes and received certifications in finance, real estate, economic development, multicultural entrepreneurship, youth service, management skills and advanced leadership.
José’s exemplary service, commitment and accomplishments have been recognized by many business and civic organizations over the course of his career. Most recently, he received The Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Community Leadership Award in 2008.
In 2012, he was elected to his first term on the Milwaukee Common Council.
José and his wife Rosaura have been married almost ten years and are proud parents of two young children.
BUSINESS AGENT LOCAL 113
John Swan III was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He graduated from John Marshall High School and in August of 1997 he became a member of Laborers International Union of North America, Local No. 113 working as a Labor Apprentice. John has been an active member of Laborers International Union of North America, Local No. 113 for nearly 20 years; he currently serves as President and Business Agent for Laborers Local No. 113 and serves as a representative on several Boards within the organization.
Before he was called upon to serve as a Business Agent for Local No. 113, John worked in the field on several major construction projects in the Milwaukee Area; a few of these projects include the Miller Park Project, the Pleasant Prairie Power Plant Project, and the Oak Creek Power Plant Project, where he served as a Superintendent. Some of his current responsibilities as President and Business Agent for Local No. 113 include mediating disputes, educating apprentices, checking construction projects throughout Milwaukee County, and organizing and building relationships with contractors to ensure a safe and prosperous jobsite.
John has partnered with Bradley Tech High School and Barack Obama High School to become a mentor to students who have an interest in the skilled construction trades industry; he does this with the hope of helping to prepare students for careers in the construction industry and teaching them the importance of work ethics, and job safety.
John is proud to call Milwaukee his home; he strives daily to make a positive impact in his community and focuses his work on helping to improve the social and economic growth and development of this city and county.
Jeff Stone has a broad range of experience in both public and private sector roles in our community and state. That experience includes nearly 20 years of service in elected office at both the state and local level where he served for more than 15 years as State Representative for the southwest Milwaukee County area. He currently is a Senior Consultant with Kapur & Associates Consulting Engineers as well as being owner and partner in several business ventures.
During his tenure in the legislature Jeff served for 6 years on the Joint Finance Committee, as well as chairing the Transportation, Small Business, Health and Highway Safety Committees. At the local level Jeff served as Alderman, Finance Chair and Common Council President for the City of Greenfield. In addition to these elected roles he also served the state as a water utility regulator with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission with rate and construction oversight responsibilities for all of the nearly 600 water utilities in Wisconsin.
Jeff has served on various boards including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Center District, UW Hospital and Clinics, Milwaukee County Historical Society, Wastecap Wisconsin, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the UW Population Health Institute.
Jeff has been honored with the National Legislative Leadership Award granted by the National Commission Against Drunk Driving. He also has received numerous state legislative awards as well as having been named Business Person of the Year by the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce.
ALDERMAN, CITY OF MILWAUKEE
Cavalier "Chevy" Johnson sought the opportunity to serve as Alderman because he believes in Milwaukee. Through his work, Cavalier has been committed to serving Milwaukee's neighborhoods, residents, and it's future. Cavalier’s commitment to his district and city began at an early age.
At 14 years old, he was selected by the YMCA to participate in a pre-college program for low-income MPS students. That very same program, Sponsor-A-Scholar, solidified Cavalier’s life commitment to community service and making Milwaukee better for future generations. Cavalier attended college in our state capital and returned home to work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) now called Employ Milwaukee. While there, Cavalier served at-risk youth, youth entering the workforce for the first time, and adults retooling to enter the workforce for the last time. Cavalier has also served on boards at the Milwaukee YMCA, ACLU, and Milwaukee Community Brainstorming.
Before serving as Second District Alderman, Cavalier served our community as a Community Outreach Liaison for City government where he worked diligently with community and faith leaders to find creative solutions to some of Milwaukee’s most pressing issues facing families from all walks of life.
Service has been the hallmark of Cavalier’s life and that's why he's proud to serve as Alderman for Milwaukee's Second District where he focuses on critical city issues like public safety, investing in our infrastructure, and economic development as well as progressive ideas like early childhood education, increased voter access, and free access to feminine hygiene products.
Cavalier is a graduate of MPS Bay View High School and UW-Madison. Cavalier is married to Dominique and they have three children; a son named Oliver and twin daughters named Madison and Bella.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MENOMONEE VALLEY PARTNERS
Corey Zetts serves as the Executive Director of Menomonee Valley Partners, the public/private partnership facilitating the redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley. Since its inception in 1999, Menomonee Valley Partners has worked to revitalize the Valley through economic development, environmental restoration, and community building programs that benefit the greater Milwaukee community. Through this collaborative effort, more than 300 acres of brownfields have been redeveloped, 50+ businesses have moved to the Valley, 5,000+ jobs have been created, 1 million square feet of sustainably designed buildings have been constructed, and 60 acres of public park and trails developed.
Corey joined Menomonee Valley Partners in 2005 and became Executive Director in 2014. Through the years she has led diverse projects, including real estate development and business recruitment, infrastructure and sustainable design planning, habitat restoration, greenspace and recreational planning, public art and community engagement. She is actively engaged in several nonprofit organizations, including the Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail, MetroGO, the Regional Transit Leadership Council, Urban Manufacturing Alliance, and Highland Community School. She received her MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin. Corey lives in Milwaukee with her husband and daughter.