Bruce Whitehead is a native of Colorado born in Fort Collins. He has an extensive background in Colorado water issues, which includes his current employment as the Executive Director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District, and 25 years with the Colorado Division of Water Resources. The latter part of his career with the State of Colorado was in the capacity of Division Engineer for the San Juan and Dolores Rivers. Bruce is an Engineer Advisor for Colorado on Upper Colorado River Commission, and is a past Director on the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The Southwestern Basin Roundtable appointed him as one of their representatives on the Inter-Basin Compact Committee (IBCC). He also served in the Colorado State Senate, and was in a leadership position on the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee with duties that included the IBCC, and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. He was named the 2010 Pinnacle Award recipient for the State Senate by the Colorado Farm Bureau. Bruce obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.