Join Dr. Jackie Dingfelder for a presentation about her experience as a Fulbright scholar in New Zealand researching their rivers and water management system.

Trinity Episcopal Church, St Helens Hall
231 NW Idaho St, Bend 97701
RSVP is appreciated

Lessons from Down Under:  What I Learned in New Zealand about Rivers, Water Management, and Cows.

Join Dr. Jackie Dingfelder for a presentation about her experience as a Fulbright scholar in New Zealand researching their rivers and water management system.  She will discuss her insights about what works well in New Zealand, what doesn’t, and how it compares to Oregon/US water law and management. What could we learn from New Zealand? What could New Zealand learn from us?
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Jackie brings 30 years of environmental planning and policy experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Affairs at Portland State University in the Hatfield School of Government. In 2016, she served as a 2016 Ian Axford/Fulbright public policy fellow researching freshwater reforms and indigenous water rights in New Zealand.

From 2013-2016, Ms. Dingfelder served as the Environmental and Planning Policy Director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Prior to joining Mayor Hales’ staff, Ms. Dingfelder worked as Executive Director for River Restoration Northwest, Watershed Program Manager at For the Sake of the Salmon, Tualatin River Watershed Coordinator, and as an environmental planning consultant in the private sector for over a decade and a half.

In addition to her professional career, Ms. Dingfelder served in elected public office from 2001-2013 in both the Oregon House and Senate where she chaired the House Energy and Environment Committee and the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. During her tenure, she also served on Senate Judiciary, Ways and Means, Consumer Protection, Transportation, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Audits, and Water Committees.

Ms. Dingfelder has a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning with an emphasis in Water Resources Management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography-Ecosystems Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her Ph.D. dissertation on Integrated Water Resources Management in spring 2017.