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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

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Land Conservancy's Glaser Succeeds Brown as CFWE Director

One thing no one will say about Don Glaser's career: that there's not much to read about.

Glaser, Colorado Foundation for Water Education's new executive director, has a resume packed with experience in management, fundraising, and negotiating, and dealing with everyone from presidential cabinet members to tribal leaders to ranchers. Experience in the private sector? It's there. Public service? Got it. Nonprofits? Yes.

The CFWE Board of Directors in May selected Glaser, a natural resource specialist with more than 25 years experience in western water and land issues, to succeed Karla Brown. Glaser worked with Brown in June before she resigned her position with the Foundation.

‘Following Karla Brown's very capable and successful leadership as the first executive director of the CFWE, I am delighted that we were able to hire Don Glaser as her replacement,’ said Diane Hoppe, President of the Foundation's Board of Trustees. ‘He brings a great deal of experience, talent and energy that will be a tremendous asset to the Foundation.’

For the past three years, Glaser served as the executive director for the Douglas Land Conservancy, overseeing the organization's land conservation programs and fund raising activities. During his tenure, DLC doubled the land under protection and tripled the stewardship endowment fund.

Highlights of Glaser's career include:

  • 000-2003 — Senior manager, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; formulated new conservation partnerships; served as the foundation's chief operating officer in its Washington, D.C. office and the Intermountain West regional director.
  • 1998-2000 — Consultant, specializing in natural resources, water, and institutional management in the West; negotiated first CALFED contract with the California Resources Agency on behalf of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; instrumental in securing additional municipal water for Loveland and Pueblo.
  • 1996 — Executive director, Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission, reviewed, under the guidance of the presidential commission, the status of western water resources and federal policy changes needed to address water challenges for the next 20 years; managed a staff of scientists, engineers, water attorneys, social scientists, environmental specialists, and policy analysts in dispersed locations.
  • 1995 — State Director, Bureau of Land Management, oversaw the management of public lands and leasing of minerals in Colorado; implemented range reform including the development of standards for rangeland health and guidelines for grazing.
  • 1975-1995 — U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, served in increasingly more responsible positions in the Great Plains Region including personnel director, project manager, and assistant regional director; assistant commissioner; and deputy commissioner.
Glaser is a graduate of Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University-Billings, with a bachelors of science in business administration and economics.

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