Senior Vice President
Co-Editor Water Strategist

Rodney Smith is President and Managing Director of Strategic Water Management LLC, a water supply development company and Senior Vice President of Stratecon Inc, an economics and strategic planning consulting firm specializing in the economics, finance, law, and politics of water resources. He is involved as a partner or advisor in the acquisition of water rights throughout the western United States and in the sale and leasing of water rights and water supplies to public and private sector water users. He has consulted extensively for public and private sector clients on business and public policy issues concerning water resources, including California's Drought Water Bank, the government of New South Wales, Australia's effort to privatize irrigation organizations, and the economic, financial, legal, and political dimensions of water transactions in many western states. Recently, Rod worked on the IID/San Diego County Water Authority Agreement and the settlement of Colorado River disputes on behalf of the Imperial Irrigation District. He has also served as an expert witness in the economic valuation of groundwater resources and disputes over the economic interpretation of water contracts.

Dr. Smith has written extensively on the law, economics, and finance of water resources and water policy. In 1987, he created and became co-editor of Stratecon's two paid-circulation publications Water Strategist: A Quarterly Analysis of Water Marketing, Finance, Legislation, and Litigation, and Water Intelligence Monthly, a supplement reporting on recent developments in federal, state and local water policy. In January 1999, these publications were combined into a monthly web-based publication and information service, Water Strategist, which extended its coverage to include developments in the emerging private corporate participation in western water matters. Rod is also known for his books Troubled Waters: Financing Water in the West and Trading Water: A Legal Framework for Water Marketing, sponsored by the Ford Foundation through grants to the Council of Governors' Policy Advisors. Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt wrote the forwards for both books.

Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to making a full time commitment to the private sector, he was a professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College for fifteen years.


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