James G. Workman
245 Downey Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
+1 415 728 3494
Yale and Oxford graduate; award-winning journalist; recruited to U.S. Cabinet-level aide; essayist on water scarcity, conservation & global warming; strategic planner who has focused teams at the national and international level of conservation, communications and policymaking; in Africa and Asia tested durability of water and energy resources use, impacts, adaptation and development in a changing climate; author, Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought.
1990 Bachelor of Arts in History graduate cum laude, Yale and Oxford Universities.
1990 Journalism fellow, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, FL
2002-2004 Writing fellow for Institute of Current World Affairs, Dartmouth, NH
2005 Free-market environmental fellow, Kinship Conservation Institute, Bozeman, MT
Professional Work Experience
Founder, Confluence 2000-Present
Speaking & Writing Communications Consultancy. Clients include:
IUCN – The World Conservation Union Gland, Switzerland
Combine pragmatic water governance experience from 30 countries into global synthesis.
Write annual reports conveying interdisciplinary work of world’s largest green network.
Integrate water & climate experience in 3rd & 4th IUCN World Conservation Congress.
Prepare annual synopsis of outcomes for energy, water, biodiversity, climate change.
Natural Heritage Institute San Francisco, California
Develop projects on how federal, state and municipal governments and utilities can adapt water and energy infrastructure operations to climate change in the US, Africa and China to meet growing demand, shrinking supply, and minimize the resulting resource scarcity.
USAID-Nexant Bangalore & Delhi, India
Develop strategy to break cycle of climate-exacerbated power & groundwater depletion. Advance South Asian regional model to reverse destructive energy-groundwater nexus.
World Economic Forum Davos; Amman; Maputo
Produce précis on current debates over global water, energy, resources, climate change.
WWF/European Union Project FireFight Java, Bali, Sulawesi
Develop & implement an integrated strategy against the chronic devastating rainforest burning, driven by market forces and by climate change causes, consequences.
World Bank, World Commission on Dams Cape Town, South Africa
Prepare, edit, position, market & launch unprecedented global synthesis project to establish new approach for developing water and energy resources in a changing climate.
Direct strategic outreach consensus product through international outlets, channels.
Prepare, deliver tactical speeches, presentations, interviews to diverse interests.
Institute of Current World Affairs 2002-2004
Ø Conducted independent critique of water sharing in underdeveloped arid regions.
Ø Dispatched 24 monthly essays w/photos for strategic policy options (titles below).
Ø Profiled urban utilities, irrigators, society and nations confronting climate change.
Ø Filed datelines from Namib, Kalahari, Sahara and Negev deserts; Cape to Cairo.
U.S. Department of the Interior 1994-2000
Policy Strategist: National Restoration Initiatives:
Counter US impacts of radical climate flux on natural resource conservation & economy.
Shape dam removal/re-licensing policy as mitigation in altered hydrology regimes.
Guide wildland fire management policy on burns despite and in preparation for warming.
Advance adaptation and mitigation policies against menace of man-made disturbances.
Develop reintroduction & de-listing policy for aquatic endangered species.
Chief Speech Writer/Editor to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt
Research, draft, write, place speeches, essays, op-eds, letters, chapters and statements.
Elucidate strong, comprehensive, nuanced arguments to conserve – rare plant, animal species; shared rivers; wetlands; wilderness; fisheries economies – in changing climate.
The Washington Business Journal 1992- 1994
AP Prize-winning reporter, leader of investigative teams
Created new beats on impact of water, air, climate change, safety and health policies.
Wrote on conservation-driven rise & fall of “Disney’s America” theme park in Virginia. Tracked growth, failures, initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, and oversight measures through the US Securities and Exchanges Commission.
Roll Call Newspaper & The New Republic Magazine 1990-1992
Researched & wrote policy and politics articles, editorials on foreign and domestic issues.
International Public Speaker & Academic Lecturer (2003-2008)
Book Author and Editor
Author: Heart of Dryness, WalkerBooks/Bloomsbury forthcoming August 2009
Co-author, Billions on the Brink: The rule of water in the world’s weakest states. IUCN
Editor: Mountain of the Gods: Tsodilo Hills through the Ages, MSU Press
Award Winning Freelance Writer 1990-Present
World View Magazine [Touch of Grey; The Water Carriers (cover stories)]
The New Republic [Ad Nauseum; State Department Quotas; AIDS (cover)]
Foreign Service Magazine [The Gender Benders (cover story)]
Africa Geographic [African Zion, August 2003 (award: people & landscape)]
PERC Reports [Deadbeat Dams (cover)]
Sustainable Development [Climate, Energy & Water in the 21st Century]
Washington Monthly, Utne Reader [Marcus Welby, P.A. (cover)]
Business Day [Watershed Realignment against Climate Change]
Civil Engineering [Dams & Development: A framework for decision making.]
Bioscience [What goes up, may come down]
Orion [Dress for Success]
Peolwane Magazine [Elephant and Water; On the Waterfront (cover stories)]
Union Magazine [The Trials & Triumph of Ana Amaya (cover story)]
Escape [Archives: Alfred Wallace & John Wesley Powell]
Washington Times [Fractured Skull, Scattered Bones]
Harper’s [Kudzu, Kudzu, Kill, Kill, Kill! (A call to arms)]
Boston Herald [Highbrow Hypocrisy]
[Ghosted under other names [Bruce Babbitt, Nelson Mandela etc.] work appeared in Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald-Tribune; Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Sierra, Wilderness, Audubon, National Heritage, Oregonian among others.]
African Dispatches for Institute of Current World Affairs
Monthly reports, titles in order of ICWA publication, Jan 2002-Jan 2005:
Reference Names and Contact Details
Secretary of the Interior under President Clinton
Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund
5169 Watson Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
+1 202 363-1542
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP Office Headquarters,
+254 20 762 3084
Dr. Mark Smith
Director, Water Programme, World Conservation Union
IUCN Headquarters Building
Rue Mauverney 28 1196 Gland, Switzerland
+41 22 999 0292
Dr. Ger Bergkamp
Director-General, World Water Council
2-4 place d’Arvieux
13002 Marseille - France
Tel: +33 (0)4 91 99 41 00
Dr. Michael Dombeck
Former Chief of U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management
750 Granite Ridge Road W.
home # 715-344-4022
mobile # 608-852-5636
Steve Butler & Peter Bird Martin
Institute of Current World Affairs
Phone: (202) 364-4068