GOALS THAT DRIVE SUCCESS
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
Drive growth in the Chicago region's water economy
Increase global recognition of the region’s water resource advantages
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
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 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
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.
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.
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