Amy began her tenure at the Colorado Water Trust in 2007, after nearly six years practicing water litigation at two different Front Range water law firms. Prior to practicing water litigation, she clerked for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While in law school, she helped found the University of Denver Water Law Review, and eventually served as its Editor-in-Chief. She now sits on its Advisory Board, as well as the Advisory Board of Metro State University’s One World One Water Center and the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress. In May of 2013, she received the Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Emerging Leader award. She has lived in Colorado since 1993, although two short detours took her for a year and half to Alaska and Wyoming. She's also a fourth generation kid to a farm in Maine that still uses her grandfather’s 1935 Ford Phaeton to get around.
A native of Connecticut, Alyse received her BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, and then spent twelve years working in the environmental field in New Jersey. Working in both the nonprofit and government sectors, Alyse’s jobs have ranged from water quality monitoring and environmental education to grantmaking and providing assistance to other organizations. She has a love for water that has been the basis of her career path and looks forward to working to protect and restore Colorado’s water resources with the Water Trust.
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.
Mim Mirsky is responsible for developing Colorado Water Trust’s communications strategies to tell compelling stories about the people and places impacted by our water projects. Her duties include generating and implementing creative ideas for raising the visibility of the Water Trust brand and increasing engagement of key water rights audiences. Additionally, she supports the Director of Development with fundraising communications. Mim received a Master degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2007. She brings more than seven years’ experience doing education and outreach on environmental topics for Colorado state and local government agencies. She received a 5281 Award from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in 2013 for her exceptional public service, especially in planning Earth Day Denver.
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.
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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.