Lisa A. Sparrow
Ms. Sparrow is an established senior executive with over 20 years of experience in infrastructure, energy and manufacturing companies ranging from the design and construction of operating assets to executive management and policy development. In 2002, Ms. Sparrow joined Utilities, Inc., a privately-owned water and wastewater utility providing safe drinking water and environmentally responsible wastewater service to over 1 million people nationwide. She joined the company as Director of Operations and subsequently advanced to Vice President of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and ultimately President and CEO in 2009, assuming responsibility for overall management of the Company. Under her leadership, Utilities, Inc. has been developed into a turn-key business platform supported by industry-leading management, proven operating performance, and best-in-class customer systems and financial reporting tools.
Ms. Sparrow is a very active member of the water community. In 2009, she was appointed to a three year term on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council, a 15 person council created by the Safe Drinking Water Act to advise the EPA on upcoming rule making and important water issues. Later in 2009, she was appointed to the EPA Climate Ready Utilities Working Group. She is an active member of the National Association of Water Companies having sat on the Government Relations and Communications Committees and currently serves as the Immediate Past President.She frequently speaks or moderates at industry meetings and continues to meet with state representatives and members of Congress on important water issues.
Prior to joining Utilities, Inc., Ms. Sparrow held numerous management position!i in her sixteen years with BP, a global energy company, and General Motors, a global automotive company. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters in Management from the J.L.Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
She continues to be involved in a wide range of community activities and has held a variety of non-profit executive board positions including a two-term presidency with Canine Therapy Corp.
Ms.Sparrow serves on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board at Michigan State University.
She lives with her husband and two sons in the Chicago area.