The Chicago region is a global leader in developing and deploying technology for the next-generation of water infrastructure.


    Current is an innovation platform for the Chicago region’s water industry to leverage its strengths for global environmental and economic impact.



    By strengthening our water ecosystem and promoting collaboration, the Chicago region is leveraging its world-class institutional, infrastructure and economic assets to drive innovation, investment, productivity and business attraction.


    Become Smarter & More Efficient


    Drive Investment &
    Create New Jobs


    Lead in Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability





    Increase development and commercialization of new water technologies


    Improve the efficiency of public and commercial/industrial/agricultural water systems


    Enhance community, critical infrastructure, and economic resilience

    Economic Development

    Drive growth in the Chicago region's water economy


    Increase global recognition of the region’s water resource advantages


    Current Research

    A collaboration of industry, public utilities and universities to facilitate applied research

    Chicago's world-class research institutions offer broad and deep expertise able to identify and solve the most pressing water challenges facing utilities, industry and communities

    Current Demonstration

    A formal program to link entrepreneurs to public and private water assets to demonstrate new technologies at-scale

    Assembling a network of secure demonstration sites to enhance the development and deployment of innovative water technologies and attract entrepreneurs to the Chicago region

    Current Connect

    Current Connect catalyzes new investment and commercialization of new technologies, enabling innovators to efficiently access Current’s curated network of investors, public utilities and commercial/industrial partners

    Promoting circular economies and business model innovation among utilities and industry to decrease costs, increase revenue, and minimize waste discharges by recovering nutrients, minerals, and energy


    Executive Director

    Prior to his appointment as Current’s Executive Director, Steve was a management consultant working with power-sector clients on wind and solar energy projects and led the Midwest office of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a national environmental organization. Before joining UCS, he directed Midwest operations of Renew Financial, LLC, which provides innovative clean energy financing. Previously, Steve served as Chief Policy Advisor at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and as Senior Advisor for Energy and Environment and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Illinois Governor’s where he oversaw energy, environmental and climate policy. Steve holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

    Program Director

    Brenna joined Current after five years in Washington, DC working with federal agencies and nationally on behalf of communities implementing clean water and stormwater management programs and to garner national support for innovative management techniques. As a professional engineer with MWH, Brenna designed and modeled water and wastewater distribution and collection systems, treatment processes, and supervised QA/QC of the largest design center on the Panama Canal Locks expansion that doubled its capacity. She brings over ten years experience in water policy and water systems design to her role as Current's Program Director and holds a firm belief that technology adoption is critical to solving the water quality and scarcity issues facing Chicago, the country, and the world.

    Chief Scientist

    As Chief Scientist, Seth serves as Current’s technical and scientific thought leader. Dr. Snyder is a biophysicist/chemical engineer with eighteen U.S. patents and research publications in more than forty scientific journals. He leads Argonne National Laboratory’s research efforts in water technologies and systems, and holds joint appointments at Northwestern University and The University of Chicago.

    Communications and Program Manager

    Jackie brings five years of communications experience to the Current team. Most recently, Jackie coordinated outreach efforts and developed communications content at Active Transportation Alliance to advance innovative transportation programs. Previously, Jackie worked as an Outreach Specialist in the Midwest office of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). At UCS, she developed outreach strategies to promote clean energy initiatives. Jackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Grinnell College.


    Steven Kloos, True North Venture Partners - Chairman

    Barrett Murphy, Chicago Department of Water Management - Ex Officio

    David St. Pierre, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago - Ex Officio

    Richard Assmus, Mayer Brown LLP - Secretary

    Thru Shivakumar, GCM Grosvenor - Treasurer


    Venkat Atluri, McKinsey & Company

    MarySue Barrett, Metropolitan Planning Council

    Steven Fifita, City Digital at UI LABS

    Chris Gould, Exelon Corporation

    Eric Isaacs, University of Chicago

    Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen

    Larry Schook, University of Illinois

    Ald. Patrick Thompson, City of Chicago 11th Ward

    Matt Tirrell, Argonne National Laboratory

    Dennis Vicchiarelli, World Business Chicago

    Jay Walsh, Northwestern University



    GlidePath Power

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Shedd Aquarium


    35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1450
    Chicago, Illinois 60601
    (312) 544-9755

    Current is hiring a Techno-Economic Analyst to conduct scientific, technical, 
    and economic analyses of new water technologies.