President Kari K. Steele is a chemist, an environmentalist and a community leader. Her professional career includes working at both the Jardine Water Purification Plant as a water chemist and the MWRD as a water sampler and lab technician.
President Steele was elected November 6, 2012 to her first term as a Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and re-elected in 2018 for a second term. In January 2019 she was elected President of the Board of Commissioners. She is the first African American female to serve as president in the 130 year history of MWRD. President Steele currently serves as the Chairman for the Public Information and Education Committees and the State Legislation and Rules Committee, and she is Chairman of the MWRD Employees Credit Union Board. She also is the Vice Chairman of the Engineering and Monitoring & Research Committees.
President Steele has a Pre-med degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana. This background makes President Steele uniquely qualified as the only chemist on the nine member Board of Commissioners at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.