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Jocelyn Hittle

Jocelyn is the Director of Denver Program Development at Colorado State University. She is primarily focused on the National Western Center and CSU’s emerging collaboration with Denver International Airport. Jocelyn sits on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Council, and works to ensure CSU’s Denver projects are showcases for state-of-the-art sustainability practices. Jocelyn is also Co-Chair of the Colorado Urban Land Institute Building Healthy Places Committee, and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Coors Western Art Show.

Prior to joining CSU, Jocelyn was the Associate Director of PlaceMatters, a national non-profit think tank based in Denver and focused on informed, inclusive decision making in planning and sustainability. She has also worked for the Orton Family Foundation and Sightline Institute. She has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

John Chahbandour

John is a co-founder of Hydro Venture Partners, which identifies and invests in companies using transformational developments in science and engineering to meet the water challenges faced by agriculture, municipalities, industry, energy/power and the environment.  John has held technical, operational and executive management roles throughout his 25 years as a water professional.

 

 

 

 

Jayla Poppleton

Jayla is the Executive Director at Water Education Colorado, the state’s leading organization for helping Coloradans understand and engage with water issues. Her responsibilities run the gamut from program oversight to partner and donor development to speaking engagements. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Jayla oversaw Water Education Colorado’s full suite of print and digital content programming. In that capacity she served as the editor for Headwaters magazine, Water Education Colorado’s flagship publication. Through the duration of her career, she has been intent on communicating important science and policy issues with a human-interest lens. She has written extensively on all things Colorado water, and it continues to be the subject she is most passionate about.  Jayla also serves on the Advisory Council for the One World One Water Center at Metro State University. Jayla holds a Bachelor’s degree in technical journalism with a specialization in natural resources management from Colorado State University. In addition to reading and traveling, she enjoys running, hiking, rafting, snowboarding, mountain biking and any other opportunity to be outside in the Colorado sunshine. Jayla lives in Denver with her husband and three sons.

Greg Fisher

Greg is Denver Water’s manager of demand planning and the National Western Center’s project liaison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Holcomb

Megan is a hydrophile with a mission to decrease the risks associated with long- and short-term changes in water availability. Driven by a simple curiosity in complex problems, Megan aims to integrate solutions across many shifting industries and markets that both impact, and are impacted by water management in the arid west. Megan works as a program manager in the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Water Supply Planning Section, providing technical assistance to support water projects and methods that address future water needs for Colorado’s citizens and the environment. Her responsibilities include implementing Colorado’s Water Plan and supporting the Interbasin Compact Committee and Basin Roundtable process.

 

 

Craig Mackey

Craig directs Business for Water Stewardship, a network of 1,200 businesses – from the Fortune 500 to main street retailers – working on water practices and policies in support of a secure water future for agriculture, industry, communities and the environment in the Colorado River basin.

Craig has over 35 years in politics and government affairs. He served as director of government affairs for the Outdoor Industry Association, the trade association for 1,300 suppliers, manufacturers and retailers in the active outdoor recreation industry. Craig has over 20 years as a consultant on the protection, management and use of public lands & waters. Craig spent 10 years in politics working on and running political campaigns and served as deputy political director for Colorado Gov. Roy Romer.

He is a full-time husband, father, powder hound, mountaineer/backpacker, exercise and international travel junkie.

Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd

Jennifer is the Director of Marketing and Social Responsibility at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she drives water-oriented programming, partnerships and communications. Prior to coming to the Gardens in 2011, Jennifer worked for Rain Bird, where she spearheaded the company’s Intelligent Use of Water initiatives. Jennifer is a board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, has served on the board of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and was the co-organizer for the 2011 International Water Forum at the United Nations. Jennifer has an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is the Co-Director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center at MSU Denver, where she also teaches an environmental journalism course.