WestWater Research Welcomes 2019 Summer Associates

WestWater Research is pleased to introduce our 2019 Summer Associates, Bryan David and Colton Richard.


Bryan David – University of North Carolina & Duke University

Bryan David is completing a dual-degree program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. There, he focuses on how financial tools and techniques can be applied toward sustainable outcomes. Previously, he worked for the Land Trust Alliance in Washington, DC where he advocated for federal tax incentives for land conservation and Farm Bill agricultural funding programs. Additionally, he worked for Natural Resources Defense Council, researching how pay-for-success and public-private-partnerships can improve local environmental and economic outcomes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and History from Brown University. He enjoys fly-fishing, camping, and biking.

As a native Californian, Bryan understands the value of improving water efficiency and modernizing water policy. At WestWater, he will assist with client projects and conduct original research and financial modeling to deepen his understanding of water management in the western United States.

“I’m excited to join WestWater this summer and contribute to their innovative work in using market forces to improve water efficiency and add value to clients.”

Bryan will spend the summer in WestWater’s Phoenix Arizona office and will graduate next spring with an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.


Colton Richard – University of Colorado Boulder

Colton Richard is entering his final year at the University of Colorado Boulder and will complete his Master of Business Administration through the Leeds School of Business in 2020. In addition to his MBA, he will also complete a graduate certificate in Water Engineering and Management through the University’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. With a concentration on Finance and Water Resources, Mr. Richard brings valuable experience in Natural Resource Economics, Finance, and Water Resources.

Colton holds a dual degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder where his passion for water resources was academically cultivated. As an outdoor enthusiast who has spent his life fishing year-round in the Western United States, he understands the serious supply and demand challenges of water resources that the West is currently facing.

This summer at WestWater, Colton will utilize both analytical skills and academic knowledge to assist the firm with client projects and research; gaining a deeper understanding of water policy and economics in the Western United States.

“During my time at WestWater, I hope to build upon and grow my knowledge of water resources, while leveraging the analytical skills I have developed to create a positive impact in the water profession.”

Upon completion of his internship in WestWater’s Fort Collins Colorado office, Colton will return to the University of Colorado Boulder where he will graduate in the spring with his MBA.

WestWater’s internship program is a competitive position which provides the opportunity for qualified graduate and undergraduate students to gain research and analytical experience and further develop their knowledge of the ever-expanding water market.

Clay Landry, WestWater’s Managing Director, said, “We are fortunate to have Bryan and Colton join the WestWater team this summer, and we look forward to working with each of them to advance their academic and professional careers in the water rights industry.”