Great Lakes Water Authority Names Two to Leadership Roles

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Jody Caldwell, Jordie Kramer // Courtesy of GLWA
Jody Caldwell, Jordie Kramer // Courtesy of GLWA

Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) in Detroit, an independent regional authority which is the state of Michigan’s largest water and wastewater treatment services provider, has named Jody Caldwell chief planning officer and Jordie Kramer as chief organizational development officer.

After serving GLWA as its interim chief planning officer since August 2021, Caldwell is now the permanent leader of the authority’s planning services area. In this role he champions GLWA’s efforts to bolster its asset management capacities, leads long-term planning efforts such as the five-year capital improvement plan, and is responsible for system analytics, meter operations, and member outreach.

“Jody has served GLWA exceptionally well in the role of Chief Planning Officer over the last year,” says Suzanne Coffey, CEO of the GLWA. “I have great confidence that he will continue to use his broad base of knowledge of southeast Michigan, as well as his experience in utility management, capital improvement planning, asset management, and long-term planning and analysis to help move GLWA forward as it works to fulfill its goal of becoming a sustainable utility.”

Kramer, an human resources experienced leader who has served in increasingly more responsible HR roles in government entities in southeast Michigan for nearly three decades, is the new chief organizational development officer (CODO)s

As CODO, Kramer will be responsible for leading all areas of GLWA’s organizational development group, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, labor relations, employee relations, human resource information systems (HRIS), and training and development.

“Jordie is a natural leader with strong analytical and organizational skills,” says Coffey. “I am certain that she will continue to use these skills, as well as her creativity and keen insights into the challenging labor market that our region and state are experiencing to build programs and initiatives that will not only help retain and grow our current team members, but also attract talented individuals to join us in a purpose-driven career in the water sector.”

Prior to being elevated to this executive-level position, Kramer served as director of organizational development, a role she has been in since joining GLWA in 2019. Before beginning her tenure at GLWA, Kramer served as Oakland County’s director of human resources, and served as labor relations supervisor and senior compensation analyst.

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