Acting Vice President of Basin Conservation | American Rivers
Matt Rice directs American Rivers’ multidisciplinary programs in the Colorado River Basin, a region that spans seven states from Wyoming to California. His team drives innovative policy, program, and project solutions to conserve water in the urban, agricultural and energy sectors to ensure that the rivers and streams in the region are healthy for local and regional economies, sustainable agriculture and world-class recreation.
Before moving to his home state of Colorado, Rice worked in the Southeast on several large FERC jurisdictional hydropower licensings in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.
Previously, Rice worked as a fly-fishing guide in Montana, Colorado, Kentucky and South Carolina. He also spent four years in Zambia working with rural farmers to integrate fish farming and irrigated agriculture into their farming systems.
Rice completed his master’s in environmental policy from the University of Denver. His research was focused on global water resources. He received his undergraduate degree from Montana State University in 2000.
When not at work, he can be found with his three boys and a fly rod on a river somewhere in Colorado.