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
||Ben Gramling, Chair of the MMSD Commission
Director of Environmental Health Programs - Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
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.
|| Michael A. West, Vice 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 over 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. Mr. West was recently made a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
|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
|Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman, City of Milwaukee
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from Riverside University High School, she attended Fisk University where she graduated, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and English. Having grown up in a political family, gaining a reputation as a renowned youth activist and motivational speaker, and having interned in the office of a State Senator, Alderwoman Coggs was drawn to the study of law and ultimately decided to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
Since graduating from Law School, Alderwoman Coggs has successfully managed several election campaigns and headed the call to community service by forming M. A. Coggs & Associates, L.L.C. a consulting company specializing in politics, education, and small business development.
Alderwoman Coggs was barely out of Law School when former County Supervisor James White hired her to manage his embattled reelection campaign. She got White reelected and shut down the recall election fever that had gripped the County for more than a year, making Supervisor White the first of seven recalled Supervisors to gain reelection. Congresswoman Gwendolyn Moore (WI-D) also retained her services to manage her first campaign for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is one of the most sought after political consultants in Milwaukee. Prior to her election in 2008, Alderwoman Coggs was Chief of Staff to a Milwaukee County Supervisor and C.E.O/President of M.A. Coggs & Associates, L.L.C.
Alderwoman Coggs has also been involved with countless community organizations throughout the years. Growing up in one of Wisconsin's most prominent political families and being exposed to the idea and value of a legacy of public service has influenced Alderwoman Coggs in her choices of community service and aspirations for public office. She sees public service as her passion and legislative office as a way to pursue that passion and assist in the improvement of the quality of life for all, a basic value she carries into all of her legislative initiatives.
Her election to office makes the Coggs family the only one in the nation currently that has people in office in four different areas of government simultaneously.
Alderwoman Coggs is the youngest woman ever elected to Milwaukee's Common Council and is currently the youngest of its 15 members. She is also the only woman serving on the council at this time. Alderwoman Coggs is married and is the proud mother of one.
|Enrique E. Figueroa, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Roberto Hernandez Center, UW-Milwaukee
Dr. Figueroa has been the chief executive and administrative officer of the Center since January 2002. He has management & planning responsibilities for the Center, including personnel, budget administration, and program development and implementation. During his tenure, he established and continues to lead the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program [LNLP], which has over 150 alumni.
He has received various recognitions & awards, including: the NFL/Green Bay Packers Hispanic Leadership Award in 2012; the Medallion of Distinguished Alumnus from Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in 2008; a Millennium Leadership Initiative Fellow from American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 2008; and the Hispanic Professional of the Year from Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.
Dr. Figueroa has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Health & Education Foundation [PAHEF], Vice Chair of United Migrant Opportunities Services, Inc. [UMOS] Board of Directors, and a Director of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection [DATCP] Board. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of Antioch University, the Board of Directors of BigBrothers/BigSisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee, and the Board of Directors of the National Cranberry Marketing Committee, among others.
Dr. Figueroa was born in Uvalde, TX, but grew up with parents and one brother in Modesto, CA. His formal education includes an A.S degree in Animal Science from Modesto Junior College, a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Fresno State University, an M.S. in Horticulture from U.C.-Davis, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from U.C.-Davis. His doctorate was awarded with distinction.
His professional career began as an Instructor of Ornamental Horticulture at Modesto Junior College, followed by four years with California Conservation Corps for the State of California. Twice he was a Staff Assistant with the House Committee on Agriculture in the U.S. Congress. Upon completing his doctorate, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Figueroa was appointed Administrator of Agricultural Marketing Service by the Clinton Administration and subsequently was promoted to Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, both at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Dr. Figueroa has a son, Hocque, who graduated from Old Dominion University in May 2013 and is a 2nd Lt. in the US Marine Corps and his daughter, Elisa, is a junior at Stanford University.
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.
Kris Martinsek, 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.
|| 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