Emily Zmak

Emily Zmak drives CDR’s water practice and leads engagement on complex water resources projects. Her expertise includes stakeholder engagement and conflict resolution; education and outreach on water resources issues; and collaborative water policy development. Her portfolio connects water users to water decision-making, and works to build local resilience to the impacts of climate change and growth.

In addition to diverse and exciting projects across the United States, Emily has worked as a community engagement specialist in Malawi; as a team-lead in responding to refugee landings in Lesvos, Greece; and as a researcher on water quality, use, and conservation issues for a US-based mining company. She researched transboundary water conflicts in Kyrgyzstan while on a Fulbright grant.

Emily holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver.