Commission Policies
Commissioners

The district is governed by nine commissioners serving staggered terms: five commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Madison, three are appointed by an executive council made up of elected officials from district cities and villages and one is appointed by an executive council made up of by town-elected officials. The commissioners meet once or twice each month at the district. Special meetings are held as required upon call of any member of the commission.

Thomas Hovel, President
Appointed:
 2017 Term Ending: 2020
About Commissioner Hovel:
By occupation, Commissioner Hovel is a city planner, a field which requires system-thinking and to anticipate impacts of human interaction with the environment.  Educationally, he is trained as a geographer, which involves the examination of human interaction with the environment.
       
                                                                                                 
 
Ezra Meyer, Vice President
Reappointed:
2016 Term Ending: 2019
About Commissioner Meyer:
As a Water Resources Specialist, Commissioner Meyer has assisted in the design and implementation of Clean Wisconsin’s statewide water policy program since 2008. Prior to Clean Wisconsin, he served as an educational specialist and on the board of directors for a nonprofit watershed advocacy organization that he helped to found.    
                                                                                                                        
   
Mary Swanson, Secretary
Appointed: 2018  Term Ending: 2021
About Commissioner Swanson:      
Commissioner Swanson is an environmental scientist with a career focus on reducing toxic chemical hazards in our environment. She has 30 years of experience in the environmental field, with a focus on ecolabelling, developing tools for evaluating cleaner products and technologies and evaluating the environmental fate and effects of toxic chemicals. Previously, Ms. Swanson worked as a research scientist with the University of Tennessee's Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies, and worked in environmental consulting on hazardous waste remediation and risk assessment. Commissioner Swanson has a M.S. degree in environmental chemistry and environmental engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. degree in water resources (water chemistry) from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 2018, she also completed training as a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer.  
         
Ken Clark
Reappointed: 2016  Term Ending: 2019  
About Commissioner Clark:           

Commissioner Clark is COO of Total Water Treatment Systems Inc., an employee-owned business, and also serves as a Village of DeForest Trustee. As COO, Ken is responsible for business operations, annual budgeting, strategic planning, acquisitions and financial reporting. Beyond being a trustee, Commissioner Clark has served as a member on the DeForest Redevelopment Authority, DeForest Area Library Committee, Planning and Zoning Committee, and the Parks Recreation and Natural Resources Committee.       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Sara Eskrich
Appointed:
2015 Term Ending: 2020
About Commissioner Eskrich:
Commissioner Eskrich serves as the Executive Director of Democracy Found and Chief of Staff for Katherine Gehl. She previously served on the Madison Common Council as District 13 Alder. She received her undergraduate and her masters of public affairs and masters of public health from the UW-Madison. Eskrich's career has focused public health and policy in the nonprofit and government sector at various organizations.

                                                                                                                                       

 
Grant Foster
Appointed:
2019 Term Ending: 2020
About Commissioner Foster:   

Commissioner Foster represents the 15th District on the Madison Common Council. Prior to his service on the council, he worked in the education and healthcare fields as a teach, medical interpreter and most recently as Director of Health Information. In addition to his service on the commission, he also serves on the Transportation Policy & Planning Board, Transportation Commission, Madison Area Transportation Policy Board (MPO), Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Economic Development Committee and the Common Council Executive   Committee.                                                                                                                                   

 
Brad Murphy
Appointed:
2015 Term Ending: 2021
About Commissioner Murphy:   

Commissioner Murphy was the Director of the City of Madison Planning Division from 1989 through 2012. Brad led a 27-person staff and helped develop the city’s comprehensive and Downtown plans, neighborhood plans, the zoning code, and numerous intergovernmental agreements. He has a Bachelors degree in Geography and a Masters in Urban Planning.                                                                                                                                        

 
Thomas Wilson
Reappointed:
2016 Term Ending: 2021
About Commissioner Wilson:           

Commissioner Wilson has served as the Attorney/Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Westport in Dane County since 1999. Previously, he was a partner in Wisconsin law firm Stafford Rosenbaum with a practice focus on local government and administrative law. He serves on several local and regional government boards, commissions and committees, including the Executive Committee of the district’s Yahara WINs. He received both his BA in Political Science and his JD from the UW-Madison.