The Network

Carpe Diem West’s Network includes over 600 western water leaders representing a wide range of voices and interests. This Network – with its extraordinary wealth of collective knowledge and experience – is the backbone of Carpe Diem West, and the resource that makes this networkwork effective. The Network includes the Management TeamFounders, Leadership Teams, Advisors and Supporters (see below).

 "We need more people breaking down the silos, the boundaries,  the animosity to turn down the political heat levels - Carpe Diem  West is all about that!"."

 John Shepard Senior Advisor, Sonoran Institute


 “A thing I love about Carpe Diem West is that it already  connects water and climate change, and I think we need to  continually talk about this connection. I also like the kind of  people Carpe Diem pulls together - it's a collage of experienced,  smart folks trying to get their  heads around these issues. Carpe  Diem functions as a catalyst, which I think is huge.” 

Rick Cables 
Regional Forester, Rocky Mountain Region, US Forest Service (Retired)

 "Carpe Diem West doesn't bring groups of different stakeholders  to the table just for the sake of talking, or for dumbing things  down to reach agreement. Other people are doing that. Carpe  Diem’s strength is that it uses the different backgrounds of  stakeholders as an engine to generate new ideas that can  actually help solve problems. To a water manager, that’s a  valuable thing."

Laura Briefer 
Water Resources Manager, Salt Lake City Public Utilities

Carpe Diem West Advisors* (representative sample)

  • Bob Adler, University of Utah Law School
  • Mike Anderson, The Wilderness Society
  • Tim Brick, Metropolitan Water District
  • Rick Cables, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region
  • Gary Collins, Arapahoe Nation & Ruckelshaus Institute
  • Susan Daggett, Denver Water (ret.)
  • Debbie Davis, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
  • Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency
  • Dominick DellaSalla, Geos Institute
  • Alexandra Destler, Center for Public Health and Climate Change
  • Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency
  • Josh Foster, Center for Clean Air Policy 
  • Terry Fulp, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Gregg Garfin, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona
  • Dave Gutzler, University of New Mexico
  • Taylor Hawes, The Nature Conservancy
  • Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation
  • Mike Hightower, Sandia National Lab
  • Matt Holmes, New Mexico Rural Water Association
  • Rick Holmes, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Tom Iseman, Western Governors Association
  • Karen Knudsen, Clark Fork Coalition
  • Eric Kuhn, Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Ron Lehr, Attorney, American Wind Energy Association
  • John Leshy, Hastings Law School, University of California
  • Anne MacKinnon, Wyoming Water Development Commission
  • Felicia Marcus, CA State Water Resources Control Board
  • Rob Masonis, Trout Unlimited
  • Matt McKinney, University of Montana
  • Roger Pulwarty, National Integrated Drought Information System, NOAA
  • Jim Ruff, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
  • Mark Sanchez, Albuquerque/Bernalillo Water Authority
  • Karin Sheldon, Western Resources Advocates
  • John Shurts, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
  • Ron Sims, Puget Sound Leadership Council
  • Anne Steinemann, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
  • Gil Suazo, Taos Pueblo
  • Brad Udall, Western Water Assessment
  • Anne Watkins, Office of the State Engineer, New Mexico (ret.)
  • James Workman, SmartMarkets LLC

Carpe Diem West Supporters (grants, in-kind, and sponsorships) 

  • 3E Group, LLC 
  • Alki Fund of the Tides Foundation
  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Biophilia Foundation
  • Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck LLP
  • Bullitt Foundation
  • Campbell Foundation
  • CH2M Hill
  • Denver Water
  • Energy Foundation
  • Firedoll Foundation
  • Gates Family Foundation
  • Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund
  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund
  • JW Associates
  • King County, Washington
  • Kresge Foundation
  • Martin-Fabert Foundation
  • Messengers of the Healing Winds Foundation
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Mid-Region Council of Governments (New Mexico)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Salt River Project
  • SB Fund
  • Sonoran Institute
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Thaw Charitable Trust
  • Tides Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • Water Replenishment District of Southern California
  • Wilburforce Foundation
  • The Wilderness Society
  • And individual donors


*Please note: affiliations are for identification purposes only, and do not represent an endorsement by these organizations.