Executive Director

    Steve directs Current’s strategy, operations and programs to advance innovative water research and technology. Prior to his appointment as Current’s Executive Director, Steve was a management consultant helping power-sector clients develop wind and solar energy projects. He previously led the Midwest office of the Union of Concerned Scientists and directed Midwest operations of Renew Financial, LLC, an innovative clean energy financing firm. Steve also 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 office 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 leads the Current Demonstration program, linking water technologies seeking validation and testing opportunities with a growing network of test-bed sites and end-users around the region. She joined Current after five years in Washington, DC and brings over ten years of experience in water policy, engineering, and systems design to Current.

    Techno-Economic Analyst​

    Svetlana performs techno-economic analysis of innovative water-related technologies for Current's Demonstration program. With her expertise in water and wastewater treatment and chemical engineering, she rigorously evaluates both the technical and economic viability of new technologies. Svetlana holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    Communications and Program Manager

    Jackie manages Current’s communications strategy and engages with partners and the general public about Current’s mission and programs. She supports Current’s core programs and related engagement events. Prior to joining Current, Jackie coordinated outreach efforts and communications at Active Transportation Alliance and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Senior Scientific Advisor

    Dr. Sharon Feng oversees Current’s research efforts. Dr. Feng is the Senior Associate Dean of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. In her current position, Dr. Feng serves a key leadership role in planning, developing, and maintaining the institute’s strategic partnerships with peer academic institutions, industrial affiliates as well as government and non-profit organizations both domestic and abroad. Sharon received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from MIT in 1991. After her post-doctoral work at the Medical University of South Carolina, she joined Bayer Corp in 1992. Throughout her 20-year tenure in materials science industry, she held various positions with increased responsibilities in the areas of R&D, marketing, open innovation and operations both in North America and in Asia Pacific region.


    True North Venture Partners

    Dev is a technical advisor for Current's Demonstration Program. At True North Venture Partners, Dev leads the creation and use of proprietary techno-economic and manufacturing models for assessing technical innovations with market opportunities. He also identifies early investment opportunities and assists portfolio companies by providing interim engineering support and advice.

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