MILWAUKEE, WI, Feb. 19, 2015 – The Water Council today announced that Amy Jensen has been hired as the organization’s first Director of Finance and Operations.  Ms. Jensen, who has served as the Managing Director at Skylight Music Theatre since 2009, will begin working for The Water Council on April 1.  Prior to her role at Skylight, Ms. Jensen has served in a number of finance related roles in Milwaukee including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Vice President of Finance and Administration at United Performing Arts Fund, and Audit Manager at Ernst & Young LLP.

Because of an inspiring and passionate presentation about The Water Council that Rich Meeusen [Co-Chair of The Water Council] gave a couple of months ago, this opportunity caught my attention immediately. The combination of economic development, research and education focused on such an important global resource is incredibly unique,” said Ms. Jensen. “I’ve been impressed by how much the Board and the staff have accomplished in such a short amount of time. I look forward to helping The Water Council prepare for the many exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”

Amy brings twenty years of experience in accounting and non-profit management, is a CPA and received her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received the Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award in 2008.

“We are very fortunate and extremely pleased to have Amy join our team,” stated Dean Amhaus, president & CEO of The Water Council.  “At this important juncture of growing the organization and building Milwaukee as a world hub for water technology, Amy’s tremendous financial experience and proven operations skills are critical.”

As the Director of Finance & Operations, Amy will lead the development of The Water Council’s financial management strategy and oversee the organization’s operations, including developing and implementing all policies and procedures both in the finance and general operational realms.

About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization, consisting of more than 160 members, is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. For more information, visit www.thewatercouncil.com or contact us by phone at 414.988.8750.