Kevin Shafer became executive director at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in March 2002. Prior to this, he served as MMSD’s director of technical services since October 1998. In his current role as the executive director, he is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD in meeting short- and long-term goals and objectives; coordinates the establishment of strategic goals and objectives and their approval by the Commission; oversees the development of policies and operating plans; and represents MMSD to its customers, bond rating agencies, and the public.
Since becoming executive director, Shafer has worked diligently on MMSD’s $1 billion Overflow Reduction Plan. Mr. Shafer has been instrumental in providing the regional leadership in implementing green infrastructure in MMSD facilities and on private property. This leadership has resulted in a new development approach by the communities and developers in the region.
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.
Prior to joining the District, 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.
Shafer received a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois in 1982, and a master’s in science and civil engineering from the University of Texas in 1988. Shafer received the 2001 Individual Merit Award for Engineer in Government Service from the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2007, Shafer received a National Award from Kodak American Greenways for MMSD’s pioneering Greenseams project. He is the past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.