Andrew Fahlund serves as Senior Program Officer for the Water Foundation, an innovative collaboration of philanthropies dedicated to the sustainable management of western water resources. Andrew Fahlund directs grantmaking and policy efforts on a variety of issues and helped design and execute a campaign to pass California’s historic 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Previously, Andrew Fahlund served as Executive Director for Stanford University’s Water in the West program, which engages in interdisciplinary, applied research projects and convenes diverse stakeholders in collaborative dialogues around issues affecting western water management. Andrew also served as Senior Vice President for Conservation with American Rivers. Leading a staff of 45, his department developed and orchestrated advocacy campaigns designating 1,100 new miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, removing more than 200 dams, restoring flows to 2,000 miles of river, protecting 500,000 acres of riparian lands, and securing $6 billion in new federal clean water funding among other achievements. He has served on numerous governmental advisory groups, testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well as the California Legislature, and participated in various policy forums and negotiations addressing water policy in the United States.
Andrew Fahlund received his M.S. in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment with honors and his B.A. from Colorado College in Anthropology. He lives in Davis California with his wife Jill and son Zach where they enjoy visiting wild places, meeting new people, listening to music, and cooking good food.