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The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD) is a governmental subdivision of the state of North Carolina, and a public body, corporate and politic, organized according to the Soil and Water Conservation District Law, operating within the powers set forth in the Law.
Each soil and water conservation district is administered by a five person board of supervisors. Three of these supervisors are elected at the same time as the regular election of county officers. This election is nonpartisan and is conducted by the respective county board of elections. Two supervisors are appointed by the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission upon the recommendation of the local district board of supervisors. All five supervisors serve four year terms of office.
Brad Johnson, ChairmanBrad is serving as an elected supervisor. Brad was first appointed to the board in October of 2013, to fulfill the vacancy left by Jennifer Frost. Brad is a Professor at Davidson College, where his studies include soils, geomorphology and historical climates. His work in the Piedmont of North Carolina includes research on soil evolution and the impacts of urbanization on streams. He is also involved with the Davidson Lands Conservancy.Eric Spengler, Vice ChairmanEric is serving as an appointed supervisor. Eric was appointed to the board in September of 2015. Eric is an attorney. Eric holds a JD/MPA with a focus in environmental and energy issues from Indiana University. Eric is currently a member of the Post Construction Control Ordinance Task Force and a representative for Sustain Charlotte.Jonathan Schwartz, TreasurerJonathan is serving as an appointed supervisor. Jonathan was appointed to the board in December of 2016. Jonathan is a fixed income investment professional. He holds a BS in Accounting and BSBA in Finance from UNC-Charlotte. Jonathan brings to the board a strong business acumen and an analytical approach.Nancy Carter, SupervisorNancy Carter is serving as an elected supervisor. Nancy was first appointed to the board in January of 2012, to fulfill an unexpired elected term. She has worked on tree and green space preservation, air quality, water quality and flow and invasive species while on environmental committees with the City Council, NC League of Municipalities and National League of Cities during her tenure on the Charlotte City Council (1999-2011). Nancy is originally from the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and moved to Charlotte in 1976.Supervisor VacancyThe Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District announces that a vacancy exists on our Board. Those with interest, applicable professional experience and commitment to our goals and activities are encouraged to send their resume with a statement why they are willing to serve on this Board for 1+ years to Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District, 2145 Suttle Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208-5237 before June 12th. Applicants are encouraged to attend the June 26th meeting (2145 Suttle Avenue, Charlotte) to present their qualifications, meet the Supervisors and Staff and ask questions of the Board. The Supervisors intend to reach a decision by July 1st. If information is needed, please call 704.336.2455.Associate SupervisorsGray Newman and Ryon Smalls