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CHART - MWRA GOVERNANCE
AND ORGANIZATION

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MWRA has the power to adopt budgets, enter into contracts, incur debt (subject to statutory debt limit) and assess total costs on customer communities.

PUBLIC OVERSIGHT

Federal and state regulations and other public oversight:

  • Environmental standards set by the U.S. Clean Water Act (wastewater) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (drinking water) are enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and others.
  • MWRA is accountable to numerous others ranging from the Federal Court (Boston Harbor Project court order), State Inspector General, State Auditor, the investment community, project neighbors and the public.

CRITICAL CONSTITUENTS

  • Ratepayers
  • Local Elected Officials
  • Local DPW Directors
  • Legislators
  • Governor

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STAFFING

Current staff level is 1,205 employees.

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MWRA's BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MWRA is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors who are appointed by the Governor or directly or indirectly by elected officials in MWRA customer communities.

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MANAGEMENT

Executive Director Frederick A. Laskey is responsible for implementing MWRA programs, policies and procedures at the direction of the Board. Three divisions carry out the MWRA's mission.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORFrederick A. Laskey

Operations Division
Michael J. Hornbrook – Chief Operating Officer
Administration and Finance Division
Rachel C. Madden - Director, Administration and Finance
Law Division
Steven A. Remsberg– General Counsel

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BIOGRAPHIES - MWRA SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Executive Director Frederick A. Laskey is responsible for implementing MWRA programs, policies and procedures at the direction of the Board. Four divisions carry out the MWRA's mission.

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Frederick A. Laskey, Executive Director
Appointed May 2001

Before joining MWRA in June 2001, Mr. Laskey served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue from 1991 to 2001, managing the Commonwealth's tax administration, child support enforcement and local services. He served as Secretary of Administration and Finance from 1998 to 1999. As Secretary, he was the Governor's chief financial advisor, with oversight of the state's $20 billion annual budget and managed the Cabinet Secretariat that oversees the entire state workforce. Before joining the Cabinet, Mr. Laskey served as Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue from 1994 to 1998, and was designated by the Commissioner to serve as Assistant Secretary in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Mr. Laskey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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Michael J. Hornbrook, Chief Operating Officer
Appointed June 2000

From 1995 to 2000, prior to his appointment to MWRA's Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Hornbrook was responsible for the overall management of the MWRA's CSO, Infiltration and Inflow, and Wastewater System planning programs. Previously, he directed the development and administration of the Sewerage Division's capital projects (1994-1995), and was responsible for the management of individual wastewater capital projects (1989-1994). From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Hornbrook held various engineering positions within the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Divisions of Waterways, Water Supply and Water Pollution Control. Mr. Hornbrook received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Rachel C. Madden, Director, Administration and Finance
Appointed November 14, 2007

Ms. Madden also served as Acting Treasurer since May 2007. Before her appointment to Acting Treasurer, Ms. Madden was MWRA's Budget Director. She has held several senior management positions within the Commonwealth’s Registry of Motor Vehicles, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Revenue. Early in her career Ms. Madden worked in the Commonwealth’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Ms. Madden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester.

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Steven A. Remsberg, General Counsel
Appointed May 2004

Prior to his appointment to MWRA's General Counsel, Mr. Remsberg served as Acting General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Between April 2000 and March 2003, Mr. Remsberg served at the Department of Revenue as Associate General Counsel and from January 1997 to April 2000, as Chief of its Litigation Bureau. Between 1989 and 1997, Mr. Remsberg practiced law with the Boston firm of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder and between 1979 and 1989 with the Boston Firm of Snyder, Tepper & Comen. Mr. Remsberg holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh State Law School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Dickenson College.


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Rev. February 16, 2012 10:34 AM