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Orla Bannan

Strategic Engagement Manager


Program/Department: Healthy Rivers & Lakes

Office Location: Colorado

Area of Focus

As the Strategic Engagement Manager for the Healthy Rivers Program, Orla works to address water scarcity issues in Colorado by encouraging regional water boards to adopt conservation-oriented management approaches, and by helping emerging leaders in local communities get more involved in water decision-making.  She works closely with decision makers and partner organizations in Colorado to ensure statewide water issues are addressed in a sustainable way for all constituents.


Prior to joining Western Resource Advocates in 2017, Orla worked an in-house attorney for Vail Resorts, where her work addressed a wide range of land use and natural resource issues in the Mountain West. Before joining Vail Resorts, Orla worked as a real estate attorney in New York City.


Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Favorite thing about the West

Spending time in the mountains – enjoying the beauty of wide open spaces.

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