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Director - Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative
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Colin WellenkampColin Wellenkamp is Director of the Institute's Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative. Colin has extensive experience in representing the interests of public entities in Washington, DC. Advocating for the welfare of some of the Nation's largest cities and non-profit organizations, Colin has spent the last ten years advancing the causes around sustainability, transit growth, water system improvement, sustainable economic development, first responder resources, renewable energy, and private sector partnerships for sustainable projects. During his tenure representing such cities as Denver, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, Colin worked to secure $35 million in Federal funding for public services.  
Colin brings this experience to the Institute to build a new organization around the cities that reside along the Mississippi River. This new organization will provide the only forum in the nation through which local leaders can advance the matters around river management for the entire 10-state length of the waterway .

Colin is also a trained environmental scientist and has participated in some the nation's largest human health assessments involving water bodies in the Midwest. Colin has also worked with companies such as Union Pacific Railroad and General Motors in implementing environmental management standards to make their operations more sustainable.

Colin has served in the American Bar Association House of Delegates where he lead an effort to provide more resources to law schools to increase their curriculum offerings on Constitutional Law.  Colin has also served as the Washington Director of National Registry of Environmental Professionals where he developed the Registry's first accreditation on sustainable business development.

Colin is an adjunct professor of Public Policy at Washington Adventist University in Maryland.

Born and raised in Missouri, Colin has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Saint Louis University, a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Sustainable Development Law from George Washington University Law School.