Andrew Fahlund (he/him)

Senior Program Officer and Policy Advisor
Andrew Fahlund

Andrew Fahlund provides leadership and direction on water policy and is engaged in efforts protect and restore watersheds throughout the western US, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin River and Delta, Columbia and Snake Rivers, and the Rio Grande. Andrew works closely with Water Foundation staff and partners to evaluate needs and opportunities, craft strategy, develop and execute campaigns, and share lessons learned on behalf of people and nature.


Before joining the Water Foundation, Andrew was the executive director of the Water in the West program at Stanford University and worked for 15 years in the Washington, DC, office of American Rivers, where he served as senior vice president for conservation. Andrew received an MS in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment and a BA in Anthropology from Colorado College. He serves on the board of directors for River Network. Andrew likes to fish, paddle, hike, and ski. He lives in Davis, CA with his wife, son, and dog.


Recent Blog Posts

"Ever since I was a kid, growing up around the Great Lakes, I have loved rivers.
From the industrialized Fox River, which flowed past my childhood home, to remote wilderness rivers of Canada and the American West, I have been captivated by moving water. Rivers are the most animate and dynamic part of our landscape – they feel alive and have personalities that both reflect and shape the communities that rely upon them. My favorite part of working for the conservation of rivers is that they have an amazing capacity to bounce back from even the greatest assaults. I will never forget watching the Kennebec River in Maine come back to life upon the removal of the Edwards Dam in 1999. That one act not only led to a complete rebound of the fish and wildlife of the area, but also contributed to the economic vitality of the city of Augusta and other communities along its banks. Just give a river some water and room to move, and it will do magic."