Lisa A. Sparrow
Ms. Sparrow is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in infrastructure, energy and manufacturing companies ranging from the design and construction of operating assets to executive management, policy development and effectively growing businesses.
She is currently the President and CEO of Utilities Inc., a privately-owned water and wastewater utility providing safe drinking water and environmentally responsible wastewater service to over 1 million people nationwide in 18 states. She joined the company as Director of Operations and subsequently advanced to Vice President of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and ultimately President and CEO with responsibility for all company operations and approximately $1b in water, wastewater and reclaimed water infrastructure assets. She is known both inside and outside the company for providing innovative solutions in complex and changing business environments, negotiating new business development, and creating and maintaining teams of strong leadership professionals. 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.
Prior to joining Utilities, Inc., Ms. Sparrow spent 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.
Apart from company management, 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on upcoming rule making and other important water issues. She is a frequent industry speaker, is a trustee for The Water Research Foundation Board, sits on several industry advisory boards, and meets regularly with state representatives and members of Congress on important water issues.
Outside of the water industry, she provides governance as Trustee or Member on numerous profit and non-profit boards including the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board at Michigan State University.
She lives with her husband and two sons in the Chicago area.