Board of Commissioners
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is governed by a nine–member Board of Commissioners. Commissioners are elected at large and serve on a salaried, part-time basis. Three Commissioners are elected every two years for six–year terms. Biannually, the Board elects from its membership a President, Vice President, and Chairman of the Committee on Finance. As a policy-making entity, the Board of Commissioners is responsible for establishing policies and procedures which meet the MWRD’s objective of protecting the water environment for the citizens of Cook County. The Board of Commissioners is responsible for providing financial oversight of the MWRD. In May 2019, the MWRD Board of Commissioners entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with Cook County to share the services of an Inspector General to promote integrity in government and provide independent oversight. More information can be found here.
President Kari K. Steele was elected November 6, 2012 to her first term as a Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and re-elected in 2018 for a second term. In January 2019 she was elected President of the Board of Commissioners. President Steele currently serves as the Chairman for the Engineering Committee and the State Legislation and Rules Committee. She also is the Vice Chairman of the Procurement Committee.
Vice President Barbara McGowan has served as a MWRD Commissioner since 1998. She was the first African American Vice President at the MWRD, and she served as the first interim African American female President in December 2012 and December 2014. She is the Chairman of the Affirmative Action Committee and the Procurement Committee. She is also Vice Chairman of the Public Information and Education Committee and the Real Estate Development Committee.
Marcelino Garcia is an attorney with expertise in local and international governments, healthcare and community affairs. He is a public servant who has spent years helping people address their legal difficulties through his public interest law work. He also works arduously to bring resources to communities to ensure their economic and health development. Marcelino is the Director of Community Affairs for Cook County Health, the nation’s third largest public health system. He is also a Partner with Overseas Strategies, LLC an international business development consulting firm that helps small and medium sized companies with the logistics of import/export and market development.
Cameron Davis was elected to the MWRD Board of Commissioners in November 2018. He is a vice president at GEI Consultants, Inc. Before joining GEI, he was appointed by the Obama Administration to coordinate the work of 11 federal departments and serve as liaison to Congress on Great Lakes matters. As Senior Advisor to two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrators in Washington, D.C., his responsibilities included coordinating Great Lakes policy and more than $2 billion in investments to state, municipal, tribal, business and civic stakeholders for contaminated sediment cleanups, invasive species prevention, habitat restoration, runoff reduction, and related water resource matters.
Kimberly Neely Du Buclet was elected to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Board of Commissioners in November, 2018. As a native resident of the South Side and a lifelong Chicagoan, she is proud to serve the residents of Cook County. Commissioner Du Buclet is Chairman of the Federal Legislation and Labor & Industrial Relations Committees. She also serves as Vice Chairman of the Budget & Employment Committee, Pension, Human Resources & Civil Service Committee and the Stormwater Management Committee. Commissioner Du Buclet is also a trustee for the MWRD Retirement Fund.
On Nov. 8, 2016, Commissioner Josina Morita became the first Asian American elected county-wide in Cook County. Commissioner Morita is currently serving as the Chairman of the Budget & Employment Committee, the Information Technology Committee and the Maintenance & Operations Committee. She is also the Vice Chairman of the Engineering and Monitoring & Research Committees. Commissioner Morita is director of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, a multiethnic alliance of community organizations working together across 30 communities in Cook County. She serves on the State of Illinois’ Racial Profiling and Data Oversight Board, the Asian American Employment Plan Council and the city of Chicago’s Commission on Equity.
Chakena D. Perry was appointed on January 5, 2022 to fill a vacancy on the MWRD Board of Commissioners. She had previously served as an aide to MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita since January 2019. At the age of 28, she is the youngest member of the Board.
Commissioner Perry earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Connecticut College and is currently studying at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago to earn a Master of Arts in Public Policy.
Commissioner Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda is the first Latina elected to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Board of Commissioners. She is also the youngest and first Commissioner in recent history to come from the Northwest suburbs of Cook County. Commissioner Corral Sepúlveda was inaugurated in 2020 and is serving her first term. Commissioner Corral Sepúlveda is a “hometown proud” elected official of Hanover Park and a strong advocate for local community engagement and representation. With 12 years of experience in public service and municipal government, she has registered thousands of new voters and promoted civic engagement at the local, state and national levels.
Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos was raised on the South Side of Chicago. She was elected to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Board of Commissioners in 2010 and reelected in 2016. She has her Juris Doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago Law School and Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago.
She served as the MWRD’s Chairperson of Finance 2013 to 2015 and President of the Board of Commissioners from 2015 to 2019. She serves as Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee and of the Pension, Human Resources and Civil Service Committee. She also serves as a MWRD Retirement Fund Trustee.