The Senior Water Policy Fellows program connects distinguished professionals from government, academia, and the private sector with the Center for Water Policy. The purpose of this program is to strengthen the connection between theory and practice, offering insights for faculty, students, and the public into the nature of water policy problems and their most practical solutions.
Jodi Sinykin Habush
Water Policy Fellow
Jodi Habush Sinykin attended the University of Michigan, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. Ms. Habush Sinykin went on to Harvard Law School, where she received her law degree in 1992.
Following a federal clerkship with District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras for the Northern District of Illinois and a decade working at the Chicago law firm of Pavalon & Gifford and, thereafter, as a partner at the Habush, Habush & Rottier law firm in Milwaukee, Jodi began her professional association with Midwest Environmental Advocates in 2003. Since then, Jodi has worked with MEA on a variety of public policy concerns of environmental concern, working closely with numerous state-wide environmental and conservation-based organizations on legislative initiatives and on federal enforcement actions arising in the Milwaukee area under the Clean Water Act.
Jodi served from 2005 to 2007 on the Groundwater Advisory Committee established under 2003 Wisconsin Act 310. In September 2006, she was appointed to the Legislative Council’s Special Committee on the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact, a study committee charged with the development of Compact legislation for the state of Wisconsin and, thereafter, participated in the Governor’s Working Group on the Compact. Jodi continues to collaborate with both state and regional partners to ensure that the Great Lakes Compact is implemented in keeping with the sound management principles, conservation ideals, and best available science envisioned at the enactment of this historic environmental agreement.
Brico Fund Senior Water Policy Fellow for Great Lakes Journalism
Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who has covered the Great Lakes since 2003.
Egan is the author of the book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, the John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Egan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Columbia School of Journalism.
Egan began his newspaper career in 1992 at the Idaho Mountain Express in Sun Valley Idaho. From there, he moved on to newspapers in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah. During his decade out West, Egan covered a range of environmental issues, including efforts to restore threatened and endangered species like wolves, salmon, and grizzly bears. Egan moved back to Wisconsin in 2002, and lives with his wife and four children in the Milwaukee suburb of Whitefish Bay.
As the Brico Fund Senior Water Policy Fellow for Great Lakes Journalism, Egan continues as an environmental reporter at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, while also working with Freshwater Sciences graduate students to research a new book project and develop a multimedia presentation related to The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. As a representative of the School of Freshwater Sciences, Egan is also a regular speaker at academic, government, and environmental group events throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond.
Brico Fund Senior Water Policy Fellow for Law and the Environment
Peter McAvoy is an environmental lawyer based in Milwaukee who has worked on air, land and water quality issues in the Great Lakes region for nearly forty years.
McAvoy has held several senior management and consulting positions in government and the private sector. He was the Great Lakes and Pacific Regional Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Coastal Management Program and served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/State Department’s international negotiating team that resulted in major revisions in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, for which he received EPA’s Bronze Medal for his technical management and legal support during the negotiations. McAvoy also served as the Governor of Wisconsin’s lead person on developing acid rain, water diversion, and soil conservation legislation in the 1980’s.
From 1997 to 2012, McAvoy served as Vice President of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center’s Department of Environmental Health. During this time, he administered programs to reduce health risks for children exposed to environmental hazards in Milwaukee’s south side neighborhoods and developed public and private sector partnerships to revitalize Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley and the Kinnickinnic River Corridor.
As the Brico Fund Senior Water Policy Fellow for Law and the Environment, McAvoy is applying his singular knowledge and experience toward building and leading the Center for Water Policy at this crucial point in its development.