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Colorado Water Conservation Board

Lauren Ris is the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. As a water policy expert focused on water resilience, Ris’ priorities include continuing the momentum of the Colorado Water Plan and collaborating with partners across the state to find creative solutions to water challenges.  

Ris holds a Bachelors in English and Environmental Science from Willamette University and a Masters in Natural Resource Policy and Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan. She previously worked as a Committee and Policy Staff Fiscal Analyst for the Colorado Legislative Council, a Legislative Liaison for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Assistant Director for Water in the DNR, and the Deputy Director of the CWCB.