Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Kevin Shafer became executive director at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in 2002. Since becoming executive director, Mr. Shafer has been providing the regional leadership in implementing grey and green infrastructure in MMSD facilities. He also coordinated a $58 million long-range planning process that produced the most intensive water quality research ever for six Milwaukee area watersheds. Additionally, under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff.
Mr. Shafer’s leadership has helped improve regional cooperation, most notably with the creation of the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (Sweet Water), an organization that brings together representatives from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to improve the region’s water quality.
Prior to joining the District, Mr. Shafer spent 10 years in private industry with an international engineering firm in Chicago and Milwaukee, and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and currently serves as the Chair of the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Council.
Mr. Shafer was appointed to the board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund in June of 2014.