Academic Programs

Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship Program

The SWM Program
SWM Fellows
Faculty & Staff

Season Martin is the Water Projects and Sustainable Finance Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Program. She is responsible for implementing and achieving the Conservancy’s conservation priorities related to its water projects work in the Colorado River Basin, overseeing and representing the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with landowners, government agencies, and other partners. She also supports policy work related to facilitating water projects that support environmental values and assists in securing public and private funds for water projects that have environmental benefits. Season came to the Bren School from the Tamarisk Coalition, where she had three years of experience in riparian restoration management and led programs, such as the Cross Watershed Initiative, to increase scientific collaboration within and among watersheds. Season has a BA in geology and environmental studies from Whitman College.

Mary Sophia Motlow is the Water Associate at Environmental Incentives, LLC, in South Lake Tahoe, California, where she helps organizations achieve better environmental outcomes while reducing their costs. She has also worked as a water resources analyst at AECOM, a global consulting firm based in Camarillo, California. Maso came to Bren with a BA in environmental studies from UCSB and experience as the water-conservation intern at the City of Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate, she studied the politics of water and the history of water management in the western United States, writing a senior thesis titled "Methods to Decrease Stress on the Potable Water Supply through Augmentation of Potable and Non-potable Water Resources." As a water-conservation intern with the City of Santa Barbara, Maso gained valuable insight into how price structures, rebates that incentivize water conservation, and user compliance can affect long-term viability of water supplies, conveyance systems, and watershed health. At Bren, Maso’s Master’s Group Project was “Envisioning an urban market for conserved water in Southern California” and she did her summer internship with Ecosystem Economics in Bend, Oregon.

James (Jim) Bond is the manager of the Southern California Forests program at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). NFWF is one of the world’s largest conservation grant makers, working with both public and private sectors and a wide variety of stakeholders to protect and restore the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. Jim came to Bren with over thirteen years of professional watershed management experience. Between 2005 and 2013, he worked with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality as a Senior TMDL Planner, collecting data on water temperature, sedimentation, and metal impairments. Using that data, Jim built working relationships with and navigated the various interests of numerous stakeholders, including farmers, ranchers, timber companies, tribes, and municipalities to identify water-quality problems and develop water-quality management plans across the state of Montana. Prior to working with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Jim worked as a watershed project manager with the Iron County Conservation District in Crystal Falls, Michigan, where he developed and authored the Comprehensive Iron River Watershed Management Plan. Jim has a BA in biology from Augustana College.

Dean Wang is a water-conservation specialist for the City of Long Beach, where he works on the city’s smart-meter program and its Urban Water Management Plan. Dean came to the Bren School with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in management science and information systems. Dean became acutely aware of water-resource management issues from living in such water-scarce locations as Australia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Austin. His professional background as a technology consultant led to his interest in seeking technology-driven innovations to reduce water use. At the Drylands Permaculture Nursery and Research Farm in Australia, he studied how agricultural production in arid climates can be sustained by implementating f drip irrigation, graywater use, rainwater collection, and permaculture design. He has also researched California water markets as a graduate research assistant, and Texas water-rights transactions while interning for WestWater Research.