Water Policy Institute

Advisory Panel

The Institute's Advisory Panel is comprised of leading water experts, among them scientists, academics, former government officials, NGO professionals and other prominent water leaders.

Leslie Carothers
Leslie Carothers currently serves as president of the Environmental Law Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and educational organization. Carothers has been a professional environmentalist for 35 years, working in both the public and private sectors. Before joining ELI, she served for 11 years as vice president, Environment, Health and Safety at United Technologies Corporation, a diversified manufacturing company. She also served as commissioner of Environment for the state of Connecticut and as senior counsel for PPG Industries, Inc. She began her environmental career at the U.S. EPA in Washington, soon after the agency was formed and served for 12 years in policy and management positions at headquarters and in the New England regional office. Carothers, who has served on the boards of several environmental organizations, holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College, a LL.B from Harvard Law School and a LL.M from George Washington University Law School. In 1991, she taught environmental regulation as an adjunct lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Gabriel E. Eckstein
Gabriel Eckstein is a professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he directs the university’s Center for Water Law and Policy and teaches courses and seminars on U.S. and international water law, US and international environmental law, U.S. property law, and law and science. Eckstein has significant experience in international environmental law, especially in the area of freshwater resources. He currently serves as an adviser to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and Ambassador Chusei Yamada of the UN International Law Commission in the development of an international convention on transboundary groundwater resources. Eckstein has also served as a consultant for the World Commission on Dams, the Organization of American States and U.S. Agency for International Development on various international environmental and water issues, and served as a researcher for Hungary in a World Court case. Prior to joining TTU, he served as senior counsel for CropLife America, a U.S. trade association of agricultural chemicals and biotech companies. He holds LL.M. and J.D. degrees from American University’s Washington College of Law, an M.S. in international affairs from Florida State University, and a B.S. in geology from Kent State University. Eckstein is admitted to practice in New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and before the federal district courts of West Virginia.

David Freestone
David Freestone is the Lobingier Visiting Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, at The George Washington University Law School. He joined the Law School in January 2009, after retiring from The World Bank, where he had served as Senior Adviser and as Deputy General Counsel, and for eight years was Chief Counsel and head of the Environment and International Law Group. He is also Senior Adviser to the USA Multilateral Office of the International Union of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). He is a Visiting Professor at the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies and on the List of Experts in Environmental Law appointed by the Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.  Prior to joining The World Bank in 1996, he held a faculty chair in international law at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, where he is still an honorary professor. He has written widely on international environmental law and law of the Sea and is the founding editor of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law (now in its 24th year) and a member of the editorial boards of the British Yearbook of International Law, International Yearbook of Environmental Law, and European Yearbook of Environmental Law. He is General Editor of a new monograph Series Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development, published by Martinus Nijhoff. He is the 2007 winner of the Elizabeth Haub Gold Medal for Environmental Law.

His recent books include: The Law of the Sea: Progress and Prospects (ed. with Richard Barnes and David Ong, Oxford, 2006); Legal Aspects of Implementing the Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms: Making Kyoto Work (ed. with Charlotte Streck, Oxford, 2005); Legislating for Sustainable Fisheries (with W. Edeson and E. Gudmundsdottir, World Bank, 2001; International Law and Sustainable Development: Past Achievements and Future Challenges (ed. with Alan Boyle, Oxford, 1999).

G. Tracy Mehan III
G. Tracy Mehan III is a principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., a leading environmental consulting firm serving the public and private sectors. Most recently, Mehan served as assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was responsible for EPA's implementation of both the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, plus EPA's role in water security. Prior to becoming assistant administrator, Mehan was the director of Michigan's Office of the Great Lakes and a member of Gov. John Engler's cabinet. Mehan, a native of St. Louis, was director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources prior to his work in Michigan. Presently, Mehan serves on the Water Science and Technology Board and the Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act for the National Research Council of the National Academies. He is an adjunct professor in environmental law at George Mason University School of Law. Mehan is the recipient of the 2004 Environment Award from the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) and the 2003 Elizabeth Jester Fellows Environmental Partnership Award from the Association of State & Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASWIPCA). He holds a B.A. and J.D. from St. Louis University.
H. Craig Manson
Hon. H. Craig Manson is a distinguished visitor and lecturer in law at the University of the Pacific, where he teaches environmental law, administrative law and public policy development. Manson rejoined the faculty after serving four years as the assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in the U.S. Department of the Interior, where his responsibilities covered areas within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Prior to serving in the Bush administration, Manson was a judge of the Superior Court of California in Sacramento. Before his appointment to the bench, Manson served for five years as the first general counsel to the California Department of Fish and Game. Manson holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy and  has also had a lifelong career in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves, where he holds the rank of colonel. He received his law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Mark Van Putten
Mark Van Putten is the president and founder of ConservationStrategy, an environmental strategy and organizational development consulting firm. His projects have focused on global and national clean and safe drinking water issues, development of a Great Lakes restoration initiative, development of a sustainability strategy for a consortium of universities, and development of a strategy focusing on key Republican congressional districts to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Van Putten has also worked on strategies for state wildlife agencies and for the Federal Highway Administration related to the protection of wildlife habitat. Van Putten served for seven years as the chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest conservation education and advocacy organization. Prior to serving as CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, he spent fifteen years as the founding director of its Great Lakes regional office. Van Putten founded the University of Michigan Environmental Law Clinic, and worked collaboratively with both law students and graduate students from the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He also taught seminars and courses on environmental law and on the regulation of toxic substances at the University of Michigan School of Law. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, he spearheaded NWF's litigation on water issues, including a precedent-setting $100 million-plus settlement resolving Lake Michigan fish kills. In 2002, on the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Clean Water Act, he was selected as one of thirty "Clean Water Heroes."

David L. Sunding
David Sunding is the Thomas J. Graff Professor in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, where he is also the Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center. His research concerns environmental economics, regulation and public finance. In addition to his position at Berkeley, he is a principal of The Brattle Group, a global firm providing consulting and expert testimony in economics, finance, and regulation. Prof. Sunding earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1989.

Prior to his current position, he served as a senior economist at President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers.

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