Jackie Brown begged her parents to move from California to Colorado in the early 80’s as a toddler, sensing that Colorado would offer more intellectual stimulation in its water community. Submitting to her accurate appraisal, she is currently the Water and Natural Resource Policy Advisor to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, representing Energy on the Colorado Water Congress Board of Directors. Tri-State is a not-for-profit wholesale electric power provider owned by the 43 co-ops and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming that it serves with a varied generation portfolio inclusive of coal, wind, solar, hydropower, and natural gas. Jackie works on external affairs and policy issues in each of the aforementioned four states, and on Colorado River Basin Issues on behalf of Tri-State. Jackie studied History at the University of Colorado and Water Resources at Colorado State University, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable and a Director on Board of the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance. Mrs. Brown tolerates cold swims through rapids, though much prefers any river from the boatman’s seat.