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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (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.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO, Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM)
Eugene Manzanet, after serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, has dedicated his time and energy to serving the Milwaukee area as a resource of information for financial education, community, and economic development. As a current resident and homeowner of the near northwest side of Milwaukee, he was born in New York City and raised in the heart of the South Bronx. He currently is the Executive Director of Scaling Wellness In Milwaukee (SWIM). SWIM is an organization dedicated to increasing strategic partnerships between local service providers of all sizes addressing generational trauma in Milwaukee. SWIM's mission is to drive community-based collaboration that helps to prevent and respond to trauma and creates a resilient Milwaukee. SWIM initiatives include increasing strategic partnerships between service providers, providing wellness and capacity-building activities for small trauma-facing community-based organizations, and delivering trauma-responsive workplace training and retreats.
Eugene previously had been in the banking industry for 25 years and in various roles and capacities. His last position was as Vice President Community Lending, US Bank Home Mortgage Wisconsin. Before rejoining US Bank, for 14 years, he served as the Vice President of Community Development Banking for PNC Bank. In that role, he provided direct support to community social services organizations with financial resources to increase homeownership, enhance small businesses' growth, and support economic development through catalytic projects in southeastern Wisconsin.
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 of Science degree in Business Administration, a master's degree in Business Administration and currently preparing to defend his research as Doctoral Candidate (c) in his studies of Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service.
Eugene continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory councils throughout the Milwaukee area. He serves as a mayoral appointment as the Vice Chair of Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Employ Milwaukee. He is highly passionate about his work within disenfranchised communities and is committed to making it his life's work to 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.
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.
MAYOR, CITY OF OAK CREEK
Dan is currently in his 2nd term as the Mayor of the City of Oak Creek. Prior he served 5 terms as an Alderman and Council President. He has also been appointed to serve on various boards and commissions. They include the Joint Milwaukee County TIF Review Board, Oak Creek Community Center Board of Directors and the Oak Creek Franklin School District Career Advisory Committee. The Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, Wisconsin State Building Trades Council Secretary/Treasurer, Milwaukee County Opioid Task Force, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.
He was elected as President of the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council in January of 2014. Before being elected to serve as Council President, Dan began his career in the trades as an apprentice with IBEW Local 494 in 1987. He has spent over 30 years in the building industry.
Along with his role as Building Trades President, Dan also serves as Co-Chair of Building Advantage. He is also the Construction Co-Chair of WRTP/BIG STEP. He also is an Executive Board member to the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, the Bradley Tech Foundation and Greater Milwaukee Committee. The United Way, Employ Milwaukee, Regional Transportation Committee, and the Milwaukee County Research Park Board.
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.
MAYOR, CITY OF GLENDALE
Bryan Kennedy was elected Mayor of Glendale in 2015, after being elected three times to the Glendale-River Hills School Board. He was re-elected in 2018 to a second term. Bryan and his family have been Glendale residents since 2001.
Mayor Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kennedy was a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee for ten years and served three terms as President of the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin, a statewide teachers union of mainly higher education employees. Since 2014, Kennedy contracts as an organizational development and government relations consultant. He works primarily with US companies that have interests in Latin America, helping them to expand their footprint in Brazil, and to attract and retain the best employees.
In addition to serving as Mayor and MMSD Commissioner, Mayor Kennedy chairs the Milwaukee County Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, composed of the county executive and the 19 mayors and village presidents in the county.
ALDERMAN, CITY OF MILWAUKEE
Nik Kovac was born and raised on Milwaukee’s East Side. He proudly attended Milwaukee Public Schools — McDowell Montessori, Golda Meir Elementary, Jackie Robinson Middle, and Riverside High School. While at Riverside, he earned 20 credits from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
After attending Harvard University and graduating cum laude with a degree in mathematics, Alderman Kovac became a beat reporter and then a newspaper editor in New York City. He returned to Milwaukee to work for the Shepherd Express and Riverwest Currents.
Since April 2008, he has represented the East Side, Riverwest, and North Downtown on Milwaukee's Common Council. He successfully introduced a budget amendment to expand the city's stormwater fee to fund tree pruning in the 2009 budget, was the lead sponsor of the Milwaukee River Greenway ordinances in 2010 and 2014, and worked with MMSD and Milwaukee County to remove the Estabrook Dam in 2018.
Alderman Kovac is the chair of the East Side Architectural Review Board, the co-chair of the City County Task Force on Climate Change and Economic Equity, vice-chair of the Common Council's Licenses Committee, and a member of the Milwaukee Arts Board, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees, the Milwaukee County Federated Library Board, the Employes' Retirement System of the City of Milwaukee, the Common Council's Finance Committee, the Park East Advisory Committee, the Lakefront Development Advisory Commission, and the Riverside University High School Foundation Board of Directors. He is a Green Bay Packers stockholder.
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.
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.
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.
ALDERWOMAN, CITY OF MILWAUKEE
JoCasta Zamarripa was born and raised in Milwaukee, graduated from St. Joan Antida High School, and holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. Throughout her career, JoCasta has been a dedicated community activist working to better the lives of others by creating positive change.
She previously worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and was active in the 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women. She has also held board positions with 9 to 5 Milwaukee and Equality Wisconsin, and currently serves on the boards of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Emerge Wisconsin.
JoCasta’s public service career began in 2010 when she made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature. She served in the Legislature for five terms before making history once again in 2020 by becoming the first Latina and the first openly LGBTQ member of Milwaukee’s Common Council.
She looks forward to advocating for her constituents on Milwaukee’s near south side. Her priorities include fighting for equality for all people, supporting our public schools, creating family supporting, living wage jobs, and keeping our community safe.