Stephanie Johnson named director of Surface Water & SewersStephanieJohnson_SWS

Stephanie Johnson is the new director of Surface Water & Sewers in the Public Works Department. In this role, she oversees the division that manages the City’s stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure. They work to protect and improve the quality of our lakes, streams and rivers and help control flooding.

Johnson has a mix of professional experience in the public and private sectors. She most recently served as projects and outreach director at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Johnson holds a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Get to know Stephanie Johnson

Q. What interested you the most about working for the City? 
“I'd worked with the City of Minneapolis SWS Division, as an external partner, for a number of years and was always impressed with the commitment to high quality work and making Minneapolis a better place to live. As a Minneapolis resident, myself, I was drawn to the opportunity to work more closely with the team and take on some of the infrastructure challenges that our City is facing.”

Q. What’s your favorite part of working at the City?
“So far, it’s been meeting the people and learning how the different departments fit together and support one another. The City is such a large and complicated system. It’s been fun to see how the different pieces come together to make it all work.”

Q. What’s your favorite place for lunch in Minneapolis? 
“I don’t have one yet, but I’m actively working on it. My current focus is on options within walking distance of the City of Lakes Building. There’s a lot to try before I can declare a favorite!”

Q. What’s the last book you read? 
“I recently finished “The First 90-Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter”, by Michael D. Watkins. I’m also about halfway through, “Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire”, which I’m reading with my 6-year old son.”

Q. Where’s your favorite place in the world?
“Other than here, I’d have to say my favorite place is the desert of southern New Mexico. I had the pleasure of living there for a few years and found the people to be incredibly welcoming and the landscape amazing. They also had really fascinating water management issues and you could order green chili on any meal!”

Q. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
“I have really good spatial recognition. If you need someone to help you fit a lot of stuff in a small space, look me up.”

Published Sep 17, 2019

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