Eric Ellman, M.S. Hydrology, University of Arizona, 1996
Eric Ellman joined the YCEI in September of 2013 with the goal of elevating the organization’s profile and prompting more inter-disciplinary projects among researchers. He has degrees in geology and hydrology and has spent 20+ years leading environmental education and community development projects in South Texas, Mexico and Central America. Leading the Rensselaerville Institute’s Small Towns Environmental Project he assembled public-private partnerships that helped Colonias residents build first-time water and wastewater infrastructure to their homes. As Executive Director of Los Caminos del Rio he assembled diverse constituencies for community-based projects in support of cultural heritage preservation. As Chairman of the Big River Foundation he works with individuals, the private sector and organizations on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border to stage first-time binational sporting and cultural events on the Rio Grande. His projects have been documented in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, MSNBC, and other major media.