Andy joined the Water Trust in October, 2017, after 20+ years in the conservation world and experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Andy’s career started in East Africa, where he worked to develop financial connections between nearby communities and protected natural areas that were also popular tourist destinations. Since then, he has worked all over the American West, usually on projects involving local communities and natural resources, including water. He operated regional and national programs for the League of Conservation Voters, and also developed grassroots outreach programs for the National Parks Conservation Association. Andy served on the Boulder City Council from 2003-2007, and as Chief of Staff and Colorado Director for Representative Jared Polis, both before and after then-philanthropist Polis ran for Congress in 2008. While he holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, Andy is an engineer at heart, having earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. He lives in Boulder with his wife and two children, and enjoys spending his (rare) free time hiking, skiing, or whatever other outdoor activity he can think of doing.
Director of Development
Dana has worked for international nonprofits since 2003 addressing issues such as indigenous people's rights to a healthy environment, refugee resettlement, and teaching world cultures to inner-city youth. Prior to joining the Colorado Water Trust team, she managed major gifts at Global Greengrants Fund in Boulder. Dana served in the Peace Corps in Panama for two years as a volunteer for community development projects. She has a Bachelor's Degree in international studies from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's Degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Denver. Dana enjoys participating in long-distance triathlons, playing piano, hiking, camping, golfing, and spending time with her Panamanian dog.
Collin is a transplant from Minnesota who came to colorful Colorado to attend Colorado College. His love of all things water and interest in balancing conservation with usage needs drew him to Colorado Water Trust. Before coming to Colorado Water Trust in 2016, Collin spent some time as an Office Administrator at US-Brazil Connect, where he developed a passion for administration and operations. He also pursued his interest in conservation through serving as a park ranger and a public policy fellow in Minnesota. When he is not diligently administering office systems and databases, he loves to spend his time outdoors, hiking and camping. He also loves food and cooking (especially Brazilian food) and has been known to pluck a string or two on his guitars.
Her love of the mountains and the opportunity to attend graduate school brought Anne to Colorado over 30 years ago. She completed her Masters Degree in Geography at the University of Denver and enjoyed work with the USGS, and Applied Hydrology Associates prior to joining the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 1984. As a Senior Water Resource Specialist and the State's Water Acquisition Coordinator, Anne was instrumental in developing several key areas of Colorado’s Instream Flow Program. Anne worked closely with the Water Trust's Board and staff to complete the Moser/Blue River transaction – the Trust’s first donation of senior water rights to the CWCB. When she’s not digging into the details of a water right, Anne enjoys digging in her garden, traveling with her family, and exploring our beautiful state.
Water Resources Engineer
Mickey is a Colorado native with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He has a strong technical background with experience planning and implementing restoration projects, in addition to a great level of enthusiasm and commitment to stream restoration. His previous work experience includes conservation planning and project implementation as an Americorps Member with Southwest Conservation Corps and The Nature Conservancy. Outside the office, Mickey spends his time skiing, floating rivers, mountain biking, and trail running.
Director of Finance and Administration
Lisa couldn’t imagine a job that better combines her skills and passion. She is an avid conservationist and worked for many years for the non-profit, Conservation Colorado (then Colorado Environmental Coalition), advocating for Colorado’s wildlands. Lisa has worn a number of hats over the years—running a small adventure travel company specializing in conservation-minded adventure travel to Latin America, financial analyst, wilderness ranger, public lands advocate, Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador and popcorn specialist. She loves international adventurous travel and exploring the wide-open landscapes of the Western U.S. She has a Masters Degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. When not at work she can be found in Colorado’s backcountry hiking, trail running, camping, skiing, or biking with her favorite canine pal, Bentley. And she’s funny.
Zach Smith has been the staff attorney at the Colorado Water Trust since 2010. After college, he did a stint as a reporter in the newspaper business, writing for such publications as High Country News and the Santa Fe Reporter. A Denver native, Zach enrolled at University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2006 and focused on environmental and water law. During school, he interned with Denver Water and the Natural Resources and Environment Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. After graduation, Zach worked briefly as a water policy analyst for a San Diego City Councilmember before coming back to Denver to work at the Trust. Zach spends the majority of his free time climbing throughout Colorado and the West.
Director of Programs
A native of Illinois, Karen moved to the Rocky Mountains at her first opportunity, earning her B.S. in Geology from Colorado State University and her M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana. After spending ten years in the environmental consulting field working primarily on groundwater clean-up projects at Superfund Sites, Karen turned her attention to clean(er) water and western water rights. Karen spent her next decade working for the City of Thornton Water Resources Division, Spronk Water Engineers, and Earth Asset Solutions, which she founded in 2012 while earning her MBA from the University of Colorado. Karen is an active member of the Colorado Section of the American Water Resources Association, serving on its Board of Directors from 2007 - 2012, and as President for 2010/2011. When she's not in the office, or checking out a water right, you can find her on a bike trail or a ski slope.
Missy has worked in communications and marketing for the majority of her career, including stints all over the country in government, private sector companies, and consulting firms. A New Mexico native who grew up in Northern Colorado with her Minnesota family, Missy is most often described as “enthusiastic,” and is a people person who loves meeting new people and hearing their stories. As a trained writer with a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!), Missy has worked in marketing research, project management, natural resources management, communications, outreach, sales, and marketing. When not helping the Water Trust tell its story, she can be found at home in Denver with her nose in a book, writing her own novels, volunteering at her daughter’s school, or plotting her family’s next travel adventure.
Grants and Nonprofit Consultant
Megan previously worked with the Water Trust as our Development Director, before the stars aligned for her and her husband to work remotely as consultants while traveling the globe with their two energetic boys. With significant experience in writing and obtaining grants for the Water Trust, Megan still does this work for us as our Grants Consultant. She has worked in fundraising and administration for environmental nonprofits since 2007, and previously worked at Global Greengrants Fund in Boulder and in the President's office at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston. Prior to her nonprofit work, our native Minnesotan was a professional photographer, specializing in weddings and events, a talent she is using still as she photographs rivers around the world for us in our online campaign, #connectedbyrivers.
Youth Advisor to Bentley Smith & Elusive Office Chair Hog
Tigressa grew up in rural Panama as the most popular dog in the village. The town dogs and kids used to gather and wait outside her house for her to come out and play in the morning. She loved chasing chickens, running from lizards, swimming in the crocodile-infested rivers (despite her mother's terror), and running around with the kids. When she was two years old, she immigrated to the United States and discovered that she loves snow and climbing giant rocks. Tigressa thinks Bentley is very lucky because he has a giant bed in the office which she steals from time to time. Her duties are keeping Bentley on his toes and quietly surprising people with her presence.
Streamflow and Snowpack Analyst, Crumb Manager, and Office Therapist
Bentley joined the Colorado Water Trust team in November 2015. He comes from a long line of water specialists and was thrilled to join a team with so many water enthusiasts. While not classically trained, he has extensive field experience and considers himself an expert in both stream flow and snow pack analysis. He takes great pride in his fieldwork in several key watersheds and basins in Colorado and throughout the West including (but not limited to) the Colorado, Animas, Arkansas, South Platte, Gunnison, and Boulder Creek. He also brings years of office experience and crumb management to the team. He is truly a team player.