Board Members

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Celene Hawkins, Chair

San Miguel, Dolores, Animas & San Juan Rivers
Term: 2020-2023
Contact: celene.hawkins@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Celene Hawkins was appointed to the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 2017. She serves as the Western Colorado Water Project Director for The Nature Conservancy, where she coordinates and implements projects with agricultural partners, federal, state, and local governments, and local conservation organizations to help optimize the use of water in western and southwestern Colorado. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Celene worked as Associate General Counsel for the Ute Mountain
Ute Tribe in southwestern Colorado, where her work included water rights litigation, water and natural resource development and management, water quality regulation, and endangered and sensitive species issues. Celene has served on several local water boards and committees, including the Southwest Basin Roundtable (Tribal and atlarge seats), the Animas La-Plata Operations, Maintenance and Replacement Association Management Committee, and the Dolores River Native Fish Monitoring & Recommendation Team (co-chair).

Celene holds a law degree and a Masters in Environmental Science (biogeoscience) from the University of Colorado, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree the University of California at Berkeley. Celene lives in Durango with her husband, Tim, and her two dogs. 

 

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Jessica Brody, Vice Chair

City and County of Denver
Term: 2019-2022
Contact: jessica.brody@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Jessica Brody joined Denver Water as General Counsel in August 2018. Previously, she served as the lead environmental attorney for the City and County of Denver (2013 – 2016) and then as an Assistant Director (2016 – 2018) in the Denver City Attorney’s Office.

A 2003 graduate of The Yale Law School, Jessica started her career as an environmental attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm. Jessica has always had a passion for public service. She was a member of the AmeriCorps program inaugural class and was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar in 1998.

In her spare time, she serves as President of the board of a Denver public charter school. She is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association Environmental Law Section Advisory Council.

 

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Greg Felt

Arkansas River
Term: 2020-2023
Contact: gregory.felt@state.co.us

 

 

Bio     

Greg Felt lives in Salida, where he has been guiding or outfitting fly-fishing trips on the Arkansas River since 1985. His initial entry into the world of water management was in support of recreation, fisheries and the environment. However, it quickly became clear that non-consumptive beneficial uses of water are rarely achieved in isolation. Rather, success is usually the product of a solid understanding of water law and management objectives coupled with an emphasis on relationships and collaboration. Toward that end, Greg has served 14 years as a director of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, 3 years as a director of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, and was appointed by Governor Polis in 2020 as the Arkansas River Basin representative to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. He lives in Salida with his wife, Susan, and serves as Chairman of the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners.

 

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Steven Anderson

Gunnison-Uncompahgre River
Term: 2018-2021
Contact: steven.anderson@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Steve Anderson is the manager of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association. He is responsible for the operation of the Uncompahgre Project which is the largest diverter of water from the Colorado River Basin. The major features of the project include; Taylor Dam, Gunnison Tunnel, seven river diversions, and over 600 miles of canals and laterals used to serve 83,000 acres of land in Montrose and Delta Counties.

Steve has a degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He spent over 20 years working for a large construction and mining company in the western United States. Steve considers himself a farmer and returned to the Uncompahgre Valley to manage the family farm.

Steve is a fourth generation farmer in the Uncompahgre Valley, a third generation director of the Uncompahgre Water Users, and a second generation manager of the Water Users.

 

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Gail Schwartz

Colorado River Mainstem
Term: 2019-2022
Contact: gail.schwartz@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Gail Schwartz earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado School of Business. She was a corporate officer in Sno-engineering, Inc. which designed resort communities throughout North America; she then served as Director Development for affordable housing for Aspen/Pitkin County.

Governor Romer appointed Schwartz in 1997 to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education representing Western Colorado. In 2000, she was elected to the University of Colorado Board of Regents from CD3. In 2006, Schwartz was elected to the Colorado State Senate for the first of two terms, representing 13 counties of Western and Southern Colorado. 

Senator Schwartz chaired the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Capital Development Committee, Water Resources Review Committee, and Local Government Committee, and was a member of the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. Other appointments included Select Committees, Colorado  Tourism Board, Colorado Interbasin Compact Committee, and several national and regional legislative organizations. Senator Schwartz is recognized for her distinguished legislative record in water, energy, natural resources and education policy.

 

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Curran Trick

North Platte River
Term: 2018-2021
Contact: curran.trick@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Curran is a 4th generation native of North Park and of her family’s ranching operation in that valley. She is currently an attorney specializing in water rights, water law, land use, agricultural, and special district law and in the past has worked in areas including oil and gas law and mineral title
examination. Curran attended Grinnell College in Iowa, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team, and attended law school at the University of Wyoming. Prior to becoming an attorney, Curran worked for the Jackson County Administrator’s Office in Walden, CO, where she was involved in programs addressing the pine beetle epidemic and other issues involving public lands, water, and the management of natural resources of the North Park area. She was formerly the IBCC North Platte Basin Roundtable’s Education Liaison and completed the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Water Leaders Program in 2008. Curran enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking and camping, and especially enjoys continuing to explore and experience her native North Park.

 

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Heather Dutton

Rio Grande
Term: 2020-2023
Contact: heather.dutton@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Heather Dutton was appointed to the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 2017. She grew up on a potato and barley farm in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, where she gained a love for the outdoors. 

Heather is fortunate to work as the Manager of the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District. In this role, she manages an augmentation program for domestic, commercial, and municipal wells in five counties of the San Luis Valley. One of the greatest rewards of this position is the opportunity to work with friends in the water community to find creative ways to manage water and natural resources in the Rio Grande Basin.

Heather previously worked to improve the health of the Rio Grande as the Director of the Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation and the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project. She now serves on the Board of the Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation in addition to the Boards of the Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative and the Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team.

Heather earned a Masters of Agriculture and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Natural Resources Management and Rangeland Ecology with a concentration in Restoration Ecology from Colorado State University. She is happiest when exploring the surrounding mountains on foot, bikes, and snowmobiles with her husband, Tanner.

 

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Jim Yahn

South Platte River
Term: 2018-2021
Contact: jim.yahn@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Jim Yahn is the manager of the North Sterling and Prewitt Reservoirs, a position that he has held for over 24 years. He is responsible for overseeing the diversion and distribution of water to over 350 farmers. Together the reservoirs are a source of irrigation water for approximately 70,000 acres. Jim is a registered professional engineer, receiving B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University. Prior to his employment with the North Sterling and Prewitt he worked as a private consulting engineer in Fort Collins for 5 years. He is a native of Colorado growing up on a family ranch, which used water from the North Sterling Reservoir System. Jim is the past Chairman of the South Platte Basin Roundtable and currently serves as the roundtable’s representative to the Interbasin Compact Committee. In his spare time Jim farms and ranches with his wife Tracy and two children.

 

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Jaclyn Brown

Yampa/White Rivers
Term: 2019-2022
Contact: jackie.brown@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Jackie Brown was appointed to the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 2019. She hails from the Yampa Valley in Northwest Colorado’s South Routt County. She holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters Certificate in Water Resources from Colorado State University. Jackie has held various positions in the natural resources field, and is currently the water and natural resources policy advisor to Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, a rural electric wholesale cooperative. In this role, Jackie is the legislative advisor on western water issues across the Colorado River Basin and federally while continuing Tri-State’s water stewardship and partnerships. Jackie is the current chair of the Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable, and was an author of the Basin Implementation Plan. She has led efforts to create a sophisticated Yampa White Basin model, a Yampa River Integrated Water Management Plan, and has worked on the new Yampa Water Fund alongside The Nature Conservancy and other local stakeholders. Jackie also serves as the Energy Director on the Colorado Water Congress Board. Ms. Brown is passionate about rural communities, books, and exploring public lands across the American West with her husband, son and dog.

 

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Dan Gibbs, Executive Director

Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Ex-Officio
Contact: dan.gibbs@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

As Executive Director, Dan Gibbs leads the development and execution of the Department’s initiatives for the balanced management of the state’s natural resources. Dan works on an array of issues pertaining to all of Colorado’s natural resources, including water, wildlife, state lands, oil and gas and mining. Dan is a respected collaborator and a strong proponent of building partnerships across agencies, nonprofits and private-sector organizations to improve the productivity and success of government operations and services. Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Dan served as a Summit County Commissioner from 2010-2018. As county commissioner, Dan successfully pushed for wildfire preparedness, affordable workforce housing, lower health insurance costs and protection and improvements to transportation infrastructure.


 

 

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Kate Greenberg, Commissioner

Colorado Department of Agriculture
Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Contact: kate.greenberg@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Kate Greenberg was appointed the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture by Governor Jared Polis in December 2018. As Commissioner, Greenberg leads the Department’s daily operations, directs its 300 employees, and oversees the agency’s eight divisions: Animal Health, Brand Inspection, Colorado State Fair, Conservation Services, Inspection and Consumer Services, Laboratory Services, Markets, and Plant Industry. Most recently, Greenberg was the Western Program Director for National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) where she was involved in water issues. This includes working closely with Colorado's Basin Roundtables and being involved with the state’s Water Plan and Colorado River Basin water policy. Over the last six years, she has worked with producers across Colorado to reshape policies and programs at the state and federal level that will enable more family producers to make a living for themselves and their families on the land. This has included working on issues of farmland affordability, agriculture education, access to capital and credit, and Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.

 

Rebecca Mitchell

Rebecca Mitchell, Director

Colorado Water Conservation Board
Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Contact: rebecca.mitchell@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

As Director of the CWCB, Becky leads the state’s water policy and planning efforts and is leading the implementation effort of Colorado’s Water Plan. Prior to becoming Director in 2017, Becky served as the Section Chief for CWCB’s Water Supply Planning section, which includes the Office of Water Conservation & Drought Planning and focuses on ensuring sufficient water supplies for Colorado’s citizens and the environment. She’s played a significant part in working with the state’s Basin Roundtables, the Interbasin Compact Committee, the public at large and CWCB staff in producing Colorado’s Water Plan following Gov. John Hickenlooper’s executive order in 2013 directing CWCB to facilitate the development of the plan. Becky also served as the Water Policy and Issues Coordinator within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources’ Executive Director’s Office. Before joining DNR she worked in both the public and private sectors as a consulting engineer. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. A native of Hawaii, Becky has lived in Colorado for the past 20 years with her five children.

 

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Dan Prenzlow, Director

Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Contact: dan.prenzlow@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Dan Prenzlow is the Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and was appointed by Governor Jared Polis in 2019. Dan is a Colorado native and brings over 33 years of experience with CPW. He has worked hard to develop relationships with a broad spectrum of Coloradans such as outdoor recreationists, sportsmen's groups, legislators, local and state elected officials, conservation organizations and many other agencies. In 1985, Dan received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. Following in the footsteps of his father, Dan joined the Division of Wildlife in 1986 as a District Wildlife Manager patrolling the Castle Rock area. He was then promoted to Area Wildlife Manager in 1992 based in Meeker, where he served until 2005 when he became Southeast Regional Manager based in Colorado Springs. He is married to Brenda Prenzlow and has two daughters, Danika and Alaura.

 

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Kevin Rein, State Engineer

Colorado Division of Water Resources
Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Contact: kevin.rein@state.co.us

 

 

Bio

Kevin Rein was appointed to the position of State Engineer and Director of the Division of Water Resources by Governor Hickenlooper on July 13, 2017. Kevin has worked at the Division of Water Resources since 1998 as a Team Leader and Chief of Water Supply, and most recently as the Deputy State Engineer for intrastate water supply and water court matters. Kevin directs the performance of the division’s responsibilities, which include administration of water rights in Colorado, issuing well permits, performing administrative approvals for water use, administering programs that ensure the safety of dams and the safe construction of water wells, and providing information and education resources to the public. Prior to coming to the Division of Water Resources, Kevin worked in utility engineering, business automation consulting, and water resources consulting. Kevin is a native of Colorado and a graduate of Colorado State University.

 

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Phil Weiser, Attorney General

State of Colorado 
Non-Voting, Ex-Officio

 


 

Bio

Phil Weiser is the 39th Attorney General of Colorado. As the state’s chief legal officer, Weiser is committed to protecting the people of Colorado and building a law office that will serve all Coloradans effectively. Previously, Weiser served as a Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, where he founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Weiser held senior leadership positions in the Obama administration, appointed to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the White House’s National Economic Council. Earlier in his career, Weiser co-chaired the Colorado Innovation Council and served in President Bill Clinton’s Department of Justice. After graduating law school, he worked in Denver for Judge David Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and held two clerkships at the United States Supreme Court, for Justices Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Phil lives in Denver with his wife Dr. Heidi Wald, and their two children.