Mr. Fahlund joined Stanford as the first Executive Director of Water in the West in January 2012. He is tasked with fostering interdisciplinary research and convening leaders from a broad spectrum of interests to address one of the American West's greatest challenges.
Prior to his move to California, Mr. Fahlund worked for the advocacy group American Rivers for the past 15 years, most recently as Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs. Leading a staff of 50, his department was responsible for developing, advocating, and implementing innovative policy and science tools to protect and restore healthy rivers and the communities that depend upon them. Andrew's personal focus most recently centered around policies and practices that help human and natural communities prepare and adapt to a changing climate. Toward this end, he served as the co-chair of the Clean Water Network’s Global Warming working group and served as an advisor to the Johnson Family Foundation’s Freshwater Forum. Previously, Mr. Fahlund directed the American Rivers' fieldwork and national policy efforts to modify the operation of dams and remove those that no longer make sense. He chaired the board of the Hydropower Reform Coalition and served on the boards of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute and the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. Mr. Fahlund has served on several governmental advisory panels and has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well as numerous federal agencies on various subjects including flood management, urban water infrastructure, public lands management, dam operations, and energy policy. Mr. Fahlund has participated in various policy reform efforts and multi-stakeholder negotiations addressing water policy in the United States.
Andrew previously worked as a water conservation advocate in Colorado, a field archaeologist in the Pacific Northwest, and an instructor in human ecology and field archaeology at Colorado College. He received his M.S. in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment with honors and his B.A. from Colorado College in anthropology. He now lives in Menlo Park with his wife Jill, son Zach, and dog Olive.