Advisory Committee and Project Team
Dean Amhaus, President and CEO, The Water Council, Wisconsin
Dean is president and CEO of The Water Council, a Milwaukee-based water technology cluster of national prominence. His diverse, 30-year background in multiple sectors encapsulates a wide range of expertise in government relations, branding, fundraising, economic development, and non-profit management in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin.
James Gephardt, Director, Finance and Resiliency Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Jim helps set and implement U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s strategy in the areas of financing, investment, policy development, and management. Jim has three decades of experience in public finance, bond insurance and investment management businesses, including over 20 years as CFO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC).
Keith Haas, General Manager, Racine Water and Wastewater Utilities, Wisconsin
Keith is general manager of Racine Water and Wastewater Utilities, which provides water and wastewater services to businesses and residents in Racine, Wisconsin, as well as several nearby municipalities. Keith is also president of MEG Water, a coalition of municipal water systems that represents municipal water utility issues before the Wisconsin State Legislature, the Department of Natural Resources and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
Mami Hara, General Manager and CEO, Seattle Public Utilities, Washington
Mami is a nationally-renowned executive, planner and designer committed to advancing equitable and sustainable cities and regions through collaboration and strategic investment. Previously, Mami was chief of staff for Philadelphia Water—a regional, 2,000-person utility serving over 2 million customers across 200 square miles, with a $700 million annual operating budget and a $6 billion capital improvement program.
Juli Beth Hinds, AICP, Consultant and Adjunct Professor, University of California – San Diego, California
For 20 years, Juli Beth has provided public- and private-sector clients across the U.S. with unique and effective leadership and expertise in land use planning, water resources, program development, financial management and public communications. A former municipal planning director with direct experience managing municipal planning and water resource programs, she helps clients develop water resource programs, community development strategies, regulations, financing plans and communication programs.
Dominique Lueckenhoff, Deputy Director, Water Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, Maryland
A noted thought leader on the topic of CBP3s, Dom is deputy director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Water Protection Division, directing the region’s second largest programmatic organization and addressing clean water and safe drinking water needs. Her extensive work on CBP3 includes the first guide of its type (“CBP3s and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure”) to support communities implementing large-scale, next-generation, sustainable stormwater infrastructure.
James McGoff, Director, Environmental Programs, Indiana Finance Authority, Indiana
James manages the Finance Authority’s Indiana Brownfields Program and State Revolving Fund Loan Programs. Prior to his appointment as director, James was a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Bingham McHale, LLP (currently, Bingham Greenbaum Doll, LLP), where he was a member of the firm’s public finance practice group.
Scott Royer, President and CEO, Veolia Water Milwaukee, LLC, Wisconsin
Scott manages Veolia Water Milwaukee, LLC, overseeing the company’s operations, engineering and technology with innovative business models, offering a complete range of environmental solutions to meet the challenges of cities, governments, campuses, businesses and industries.
Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin
Kevin is executive director of Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people, and is responsible for its overall administration, leadership and direction. Kevin is a leading green infrastructure advocate and the use of OneWater concepts.
David Ullrich, Advisor and former Executive Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Cities Initiative, Illinois
Dave is the advisor and past executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition of over 100 municipalities. His responsibilities include working with over 100 U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the protection and restoration of the resource.
Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., P.E., P3GreatLakes Project Director and Vice President, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Sanjiv developed this project, put the team together, and now coordinates it. A frequent presenter on topics related to economic instruments in the water infrastructure market, Sanjiv aspires to make these ideas mainstream. He manages water business services for Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), a consulting firm that maintains 20 offices across the country.
Greg Cannito, Managing Director, Corvias, LLC
Greg provides nationally recognized expertise in the development and implementation of CBP3s and public-private partnerships for the P3Great Lakes project. As a Partnership Innovator, Greg oversees the application of Corvias’ innovative public-private partnership (P3) model to challenges faced by public sector institutions nationwide. He was instrumental in the development of The Clean Water Partnership, a first-of-its-kind CBP3 pilot program that is addressing federal environmental regulatory requirements for stormwater management in Prince George’s County.
Alex Eidson, Analyst, Encourage Capital, LLC
Alex is an expert in environmental impact bonds and stormwater credit trading frameworks. He manages Encourage Capital, LLC’s, day-to-day involvement in Washington, D.C.’s, stormwater credit trading market and works on other municipal water infrastructure strategies across the country.
Todd Appel, Principal, Quantified Ventures, LLC
Todd leads the environmental practice for Quantified Ventures which supported DC Water in 2016 in issuing the nation’s first EIB. Currently, Todd’s responsibilities include promoting the use of these bonds for green stormwater infrastructure, on-farm management practices, and other initiatives.
Rob Pettit, Associate Scientist, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Rob brings superlative research capabilities on a wide range of topics related to this initiative. A graduate of University of Michigan, he’s used his multi-faceted technical and policy background to develop and implement innovative approaches to old problems, and he continues to use computer wizardry to fight for the forces of good and water.
Guillermo Peralta, Associate, Corvias, LLC
Guillermo provides expertise on best practices, financing structures, and project delivery for this initiative. He specializes in the development of public-private partnerships for municipalities, higher education institutions, and the federal government related to infrastructure and energy for Corvias.
James W. Ridgway, P.E., Vice President, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
A prominent Great Lakes expert, Jim provides as-needed assistance to this initiative’s various components. In 2017, he also served as the only private-sector appointee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Advisory Board, which provides guidance for 11 federal agencies in their management of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Seth Brown, Principal, Storm & Stream Solutions, LLC
Seth is an expert in CBP3 for expanded investments in green infrastructure. As principal and founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, Seth engages with municipalities and utilities across the country to explore innovative project delivery frameworks and market-based approaches for stormwater management infrastructure investment.
John Andersen, CEO, Greenleaf Advisors, LLC
John is founder and president of Greenleaf Advisors, LLC, where he consults and transacts business for enterprises, institutions and communities to advance their sustainable development. His clients include energy, water, land, and material resource companies, research institutes, government agencies, foundations, nonprofits, and financial firms.