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Jenny Russell

Position: President
Term: January 2023 – January 2026
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Jenny Russell was appointed by San Miguel County and has been a Director on the Board since 2014. She has long played an active role in regional water discussions. Ms. Russell was member of the Southwest Basins Roundtable and sat on its sub-committee for non-consumptive uses. Previously, she represented the Southwest Basin on the Interbasin Compact Committee. Ms. Russell also serves on the board of the San Miguel Watershed Coalition. An avid river runner, she also has represented River Runners for Wilderness on wilderness and private-boater access issues for the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Currently, Ms. Russell practices law at Russell & Pieterse, LLC. Her past and present representation of water clients around the state includes water districts, developers, realtors, golf course owners, large and small landowners, ranchers and farmers, and large and small municipalities. Previously, she has worked for the Town of Telluride and Trout & Raley, P.C. (formerly Hobbs, Trout & Raley, P.C.)  in Denver. Ms. Russell earned her B.A. from Kenyon College in Ohio and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Ms. Russell lives in Telluride with her husband, Clay Wadman. She enjoys backpacking, climbing, trail running, and river running.

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