Our Team

our team

Karen L. Sands, AICP, ENV SP
Director of Planning, Research and Sustainability
ksands@mmsd.com

Karen oversees all projects related to District sustainability and green infrastructure. Coming from a strong planning background, Karen’s ability to connect projects (both internal to the District and external to partners) ensures that District projects are strategically connected. The ability to connect the various moving parts of the District’s sustainability work is crucial to making sure that true collective impact is achieved.

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Nadia Vogt
Senior Project Manager
nvogt@mmsd.com

Nadia brings extensive experience in developing green infrastructure projects at all scales with a specialty in connecting neighborhoods through education and outreach. An important focus of her work is leveraging investments in water resources to bring about additional quality of life improvements by addressing the triple bottom line of sustainability.

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Andy Kaminski, P.E.
Project Manager
akaminski@mmsd.com

Andy specializes in managing relationships and green infrastructure projects with the 28 municipalities the District serves. The District provides annual funding, through the Green Solutions program, that helps municipalities build green infrastructure projects that make sense for their unique needs. As a certified professional engineer, he can help you plan your project, assist with basic project design, and answer your questions related to funding and MMSD’s stormwater rules.

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Matthew Magruder
Environmental Research Manager
mmagruder@mmsd.com

Matt oversees the Districts’ research-related activities for green infrastructure and strategies for technological innovation. Matt can help work through ideas to ensure there is support in addressing challenges related to implementation, funding, and project alignment with District objectives. Interested in water quality and urban biodiversity? So are we! Matt can help you evaluate best management practice alternatives to maximize biodiversity potential and protection of our freshwater resources.

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Lisa Sasso
Project Manager
lsasso@mmsd.com

Lisa’s expertise lies in cultivating partner relationships to extend the reach of the District to better meet the needs of both the District and community stakeholders. Lisa brings her background in business and freshwater science to implement meaningful green infrastructure projects with partners. Lisa works on a variety of projects from schoolyard design to workforce development.

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Chris Schultz, CPM
Senior Project Manager
cschultz@mmsd.com

Chris has substantial experience in water quality and led the development of the District’s Regional Green Roof Initiative Program since its inception in 2010. He serves as the lead project manager on the Green Infrastructure Partnership Program (a funding program for green infrastructure implementation) and the Green Infrastructure Center of Excellence. Chris brings years of experience working with contractors and a deep understanding of connections to the region’s water.