Board Member Highlight


Laurel Saito, Ph.D.

Ms. Laurel Saito, Ph.D. currently works for The Nature Conservancy.  She has been involved with the Nevada Water Resources Association since 2002 when she moved to Nevada to join the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno.  In addition to being one of NWRA’s newest Board of Directors Members, Dr. Saito also served on the 2013-2014 NWRA Board of Directors.

Since 2016, Dr. Saito has been the Nevada Water Program Director for The Nature Conservancy's Nevada Field Office. From 2002-2016, she was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Saito served as the Director of the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences for 4.5 years while at UNR. She also has 9 years of experience with consulting firms, and worked for two years for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

“NWRA's statewide and regional importance in providing a venue for healthy discussion of pertinent water issues is of great value to the water community. The Board and NWRA members are a big part of keeping NWRA current and evolving to help the network of water professionals and students share their knowledge and interests to provide solutions to critical water issues in Nevada.”

Dr. Saito has traveled the world looking into water resources issues in many countries.  She spent 16 months in the late 1990’s visiting nine countries during this trip. “I am honored to serve as an NWRA board member.”