Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado


Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado
Water is emerging as one of the most important and controversial subjects to be addressed in the 21st century. Water issues are particularly complex, and understanding the nuances is critical for good decision-making. Many who have helped our communities make sound water decisions are nearing retirement age. Northern Colorado needs a new crop of water literate leaders!

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.

Participants in the program:

  • 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

2020-2021 Program Update  In light of COVID-19, we have decided to delay our next offering until we can safely convene in person. If you are interested in applying to our 4th cohort, please subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when we open our Call for Applications.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for 2019-2020!  City of Greeley, City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, City of Evans, Town of Windsor, North Weld County Water District, and City of Thornton.

Join us in welcoming our 2019-2020 class, a colloquium of emerging leaders from Northern Colorado’s communities. Its 24 members are willing to give of their time, energy, and leadership to help our communities make educated, sound decisions about water.

Welcome 2019-2020 Water Literate Leaders!

Kim Akeley-CharronExecutive DirectorThompson Education FoundationLoveland
Heather BanksFuels and Water ManagerPlatte River Power AuthorityFort Collins
Jordana BarrackWater Program Manager; ConvenerNew Belgium Family Foundation; Fort Collins River District Business Group Fort Collins
Colin GloverPartner and Broker; Board MemberThe Group Inc.; Trout Unlimited; Coalition for Poudre River WatershedFort Collins
Bob GowingDirector of Public WorksTown of WellingtonWellington
Susan GutowskyCity Council Member, District 1City of Fort CollinsFort Collins
Shane HaleTown ManagerTown of WindsorWindsor
Dale HallCity Council Member, Ward 4City of GreeleyGreeley
Landon HooverPresidentHartford HomesTimnath
Erin HottensteinFounderColorado 50-50Fort Collins
John KefalasCounty CommissionerLarimer CountyFort Collins
Larry ModlinCommissioner Greeley Planning CommissionGreeley
Peter O'NeillAssociate DirectorFort Collins - Loveland Water DistrictFort Collins
Suzanne PetersonVice President and CFOPeterson Energy Operating, Inc.Loveland
Randy ReadyAssistant City ManagerCity of EvansEvans
Paul RennemeyerTown Board Member, District 4Town of WindsorWindsor
Larry RogstadRestoration Manager; Board MemberPoudre Learning Center; Big Thompson Watershed CoalitionGreeley
Dan SattlerMayor Pro TemTown of WellingtonWellington
Justin SchartonNatural Areas & Trails Division SuperintendentCity of Greeley Natural Areas and Trails DivisionGreeley
Jody Shadduck-McNallyPresident/Cofounder; Co-owner Every Word We Utter Monument; Caribou Creek Consulting & Farms Loveland
Tim SingewaldTown AdministratorTown of Milliken Milliken
Milt TokunagaBoard MemberTown of Windsor Water and Sewer BoardWindsor
Barry WilsonTown Board Member, District 2Town of WindsorWindsor
Kathi WrightCity Council Member, Ward 2City of LovelandLoveland
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Hach Center for Regional Engagement