About Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado

The Colorado Water Center, in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado  launched a non-partisan Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado program in September 2017. Modeled after highly successful programs such as Leadership Northern Colorado and Water Education Colorado’s Water Fluency Program, this program is for those who hold or aspire to political office, or other roles, including boards and commissions, which can impact regional water policy.

Program participants:

  • Actively learn about complex Northern Colorado water issues from all angles including: agriculture, urban, environmental, recreation, and business via presentations, dialogue and field trips
  • Interact and dialogue with regional water leaders for an inside view of issues affecting Northern Colorado’s water future—and participate in visioning activities
  • Build active connections with key stakeholders in the region and state 

Water Literate Leaders draws on the expertise of regional water leaders from such entities as:

  • Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
  • Cache la Poudre Water Users Association
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Colorado State University
  • City of Evans
  • City of Fort Collins
  • City of Greeley
  • City of Loveland
  • Ditch and Reservoir Companies
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Larimer County
  • Local Area Chambers of Commerce
  • Northern Water
  • Rocky Mountain Flycasters
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Town of Wellington 
  • Town of Windsor
  • Tri-Districts
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Weld County
  • and others!

Program Directors

Julie Kallenberger

Julie Kallenberger serves as the Associate Director of the Colorado Water Center. Julie’s primary work includes fostering interdisciplinary partnerships among CSU’s water community, engaging faculty and students in interdisciplinary research, education, and service activities, advising students enrolled in the Sustainable Water Interdisciplinary Minor, and facilitating the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group. Julie currently serves on Water Education Colorado’s Board of Trustees, Poudre Heritage Alliance’s Board of Directors, and is a member of CSU’s Presidents Sustainability Commission.

Jennifer Gimbel is the Interim Director and the Senior Water Policy Scholar at the Colorado Water Center. She is currently focused on Colorado River issues, with an emphasis on the Upper Basin. Jennifer has experience in law and policy on national and state water issues. She was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science at the Department of the Interior, overseeing the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation. She also was Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation and Counselor to the Assistant Secretary. Jennifer was the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the water policy agency for Colorado. As a water lawyer, she worked for the Attorney General’s Offices in Wyoming and Colorado. She has over 30 years of experience on water issues.


Program Assistants 

Emma Enebo 
Student, Colorado State University
Majors: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Brannon Hughes
Student, Colorado State University
Master of Public Policy and Administration

Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University