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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

The MWRD Board of Commissioners approved the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan effective June 3, 2021. The MWRD will update the plan on a yearly basis.

Download the 2023 update

The new plan was designed to:

  • Articulate the mission, vision, and strategic goals for the MWRD for the next five years;
  • Identify a set of strategic initiatives to achieve those goals; and
  • Provide a framework for measuring progress and reviewing/updating the Plan on an annual basis.

The planning process began in September 2020 using a comprehensive, staged approach that consisted of four consecutive phases.

Phase 1: Desired Future State and Current State

  • Solicit input from stakeholders, internal and external
  • Collect data on key performance metrics
  • Assess the current state and identify the desired current state

Phase 2: Strategic Vision and Goals

  • Align strategic goals and vision with leadership
  • Identify gaps that will need to be addressed to achieve strategic goals

Phase 3: Strategic Roadmap

  • Identify preliminary strategic initiatives through working sessions with MWRD staff
  • Engage stakeholders around preliminary initiatives
  • Align on the strategic roadmap with leadership

Phase 4: Five-Year Strategic Plan & Implementation

  • Finalize plan
  • Engage stakeholders around preliminary initiatives
  • Review annually and publish in the Budget Book

Strategic Planning Team

Members of the Steering Committee that oversaw the plan’s development included:

  • Commissioner Marcelino Garcia, co-chair
  • Former Commissioner Debra Shore, co-chair
  • Brian Perkovich, Executive Director
  • Mary Ann Boyle, Treasurer
  • Susan Morakalis, General Counsel
  • John Murray, Director of Maintenance and Operations
  • Catherine O’Connor, Director of Engineering

The firms and individuals that facilitated this effort on a pro bono basis included:


  • Janine Witko, Principal, Americas Water Leader
  • Vincent Lee, Associate Principal
  • Audrey Fremier, Water Engineer
  • Aude Lucien, Urban Planner

Civic Consulting Alliance

  • Kirsten Carroll, Associate Principal
  • Alec Noggle, Associate


  • Evan Oesterle, Fellow