Adell Amos, University of Oregon Law School
Adell Amos joined the faculty at the University of Oregon School of Law in 2005, where she holds the Clayton R. Hess Professorship and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Adell also holds a graduate faculty courtesy appointment at Oregon State University in the Water Resources and Policy Management program. Her research is focused on jurisdictional governance structures in the United States and internationally for water resources management, including the relationship between federal and state governments on water resource management; the role of administrative agencies in setting national, state, and local water policy; and the impact of stakeholder participation in water resource decision making. In 2008, Adell accepted a two-year appointment with the Obama Administration as Deputy Solicitor for Land and Water Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to joining University of Oregon, Adell practiced environmental and natural resources law with the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., where she worked on water and natural resources issues in the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Parks and Wildlife, and advised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service on state and federal water rights and water management issues. Adell earned her B.A from Drury College and J.D. from the University of Oregon.
Gordon Grant, Oregon State University
Gordon Grant is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Forest Service, at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon. Gordon is also a courtesy professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Gordon’s research focuses on response of stream networks, watersheds, and landscapes to changes in streamflow, sediment transport, and wood entrainment, as well as the geomorphic response of rivers to changes in streamflow and sediment transport due to land use, dams and dam removal, volcanic eruptions, and climate change. His work has included extended collaborations with research groups in Japan, China, and Italy. He is a former Deputy and Associate Editor for the journal Water Resources Research, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America. He also serves on the board of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences and chairs the National Steering Committee for the U.S. National Science Foundation-sponsored Critical Zone Observatory. Gordon earned his BA from the University of Oregon and PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
Katharine Jacobs, University of Arizona
Katharine Jacobs, a member of the Resources Legacy Fund Board of Directors, is director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions at the University of Arizona, and served from 2009 to 2013 as director of the National Climate Assessment in President Obama’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and also as lead water advisor. Prior to her tenure in the Obama administration, she was professor and specialist in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona; executive director of the Arizona Water Institute; and deputy director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas. Ms. Jacobs’s board and advisory engagements, current and past, include International Social Science Council, Joint Global Change Research Institute, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Water Education Foundation, American Meteorological Society Board on Global Strategies, California Water Foundation, and Arizona Nature Conservancy, among many others. She is a Senior Fellow of the National Council for Science and the Environment, has contributed to and chaired numerous National Academy of Sciences panels, and is recipient of the National Council for Science and the Environment Award for Outstanding Contributions and the Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award.
Frank Magilligan, Dartmouth College
Frank Magilligan attended the University of Wisconsin and received a MS in Water Resources Management, a MS in Geography, and a PhD in Geography. He is a Professor in the Geography Department at Dartmouth College and holds the Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair in Policy Studies, and he was recently elected a Fellow in the Geological Society of America. His research interests focus primarily on fluvial geomorphology and surface water hydrology with particular attention to stream channel and watershed responses to environmental change. Besides his long-term interest in geomorphic responses to large floods, his recent research has concentrated on the hydro-ecological impacts of dams and of dam removal. He has served on several National Science Foundation panels and was recently co-authored a National Research Council report on future research directions in the geographical sciences.
Ed Norton, Texas Pacific Group, California
Ed Norton is the Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm. In that role, he is responsible for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) due diligence on new investments for TPG funds. He also works with TPG portfolio companies to develop strategies to reduce costs, environmental impact, and associated risks through energy efficiency, waste reduction, natural resource use, and other environmental strategies. Ed served as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney in Maryland. He has provided counsel to, and served on the board of numerous conservation organizations, including The Wilderness Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Lands Foundation, and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. He is a member of the advisory board of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Ed earned his BA from Washington & Lee University and JD from Harvard Law School.
Kevin Sweeney, Transforming Business
Kevin Sweeney is a management consultant with expertise in environmental issues, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and strategic planning. He currently helps Midwestern BioAg increase crop yields while reducing the environmental impacts associated with their crops. He has run projects to frame the public debate around climate change, and was chief of staff for the Alliance for Climate Protection. He helped numerous companies improve their environmental and labor rights records, and helped found the Fair Labor Association. He has helped foundations focus their activities, support their grantees, and assess the value of their philanthropic grants. As an executive at Patagonia, he directed both environmental strategies and marketing. As Special Assistant to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, he played a leading role in protecting the Endangered Species Act and reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone. He served as staff in both houses of Congress, played leading roles on presidential campaigns, and was a reporter for CBS television in Atlanta. He taught courses on stakeholder engagement and CSR in the business school at his alma mater, UC Berkeley.
Buzz Thompson, Stanford University
Barton H. “Buzz” Thompson, Jr., chair of the Resources Legacy Fund Board of Directors, is the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law at Stanford Law School and the Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow of Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment. A widely published author and recognized expert on water resources and other environmental issues, Mr. Thompson was a partner at the law firm of O’Melveny & Meyers, lecturer at the UCLA School of Law, and law clerk to United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. He is a member of the California State Bar and the American Bar Association. Mr. Thompson serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of California, the American Farmland Trust, and the Sonoran Institute. He also serves as Special Master for the United States Supreme Court in Montana v. Wyoming, which deals with the waters of the Yellowstone River. He has served on the scientific advisory boards of a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Kevin Washburn, University of New Mexico School of Law
Kevin Washburn is a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law with a teaching focus in Indian law, criminal law, and gambling law. He served as dean of the law school from June 2009 through October 2012. From October 2012 through December 2015, Kevin took leave from the law school to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs in the Obama Administration. Kevin has also held law faculty positions at the University of Arizona and University of Minnesota, and taught at Harvard Law School as the Visiting Oneida Nation Professor. Prior to entering academia, Kevin had a career in public service. He was a federal prosecutor, serving in the Violent Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico, an environmental and natural resources trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and was the general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission, an independent federal regulatory agency in Washington DC. Kevin earned his BA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and JD from Yale Law School. He is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.