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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.Barbara Bleiweis, SupervisorBarbara Bleiweis has over 35 years of professional business experience in helping public sector customers solve their business problems. In the last 13 years, Ms. Bleiweis spearheaded coaching training and development programs as well as fundraising campaigns for youth sports organizations. Since her retirement in 2013 and her relocation to Charlotte, NC, Bleiweis has focused on civic engagement and public service. She served as president of her homeowners association and negotiated with the developer to resolve irrigation and storm water infrastructural issues. She is a member of the League of Women Voters of Charlotte Mecklenburg and from 2017-2018 served as a Board member and chair of Fair Elections where she advocated for redistricting reform. Bleiweis is in her first term of serving on the Charlotte Water Advisory Committee representing neighborhoods.Nancy Carter, SupervisorNancy Carter was appointed to the Board in January, 2012, elected in 2014 and has served as MSWCD's Vice Chair and Chair, as Area 8's (12 county area) Vice Chair and Chair and so sat on the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts' Executive Committee in that capacity and as Secretary, 2012-current. She serves as the Association's state Legislative Committee's Vice Chair, advocating in Raleigh and DC for good conservation practices and funding for projects. She has participated in SWCD educational outreach (contests and Envirothons), the Mecklenburg Storm Water Mitigation Task Force and the Mountain Island Environmental Education Center Task Force.She served on the Charlotte City Council, 1999-2011, helping to found its Environment Committee, chaired the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee for the NC League of Municipalities and was the National League of the Cities' Board representative to their EENR after 9 years on that Committee and the Charlotte Sustainable Energy Action Plan Stakeholders group.Associate SupervisorsGray Newman