The Partnership's Professional Staff coordinates efforts of the Board, Water Resource Panel, and Policy Advisory Group. Staff also serves as the Partnership's hub for public, inter-agency, and inter-organizational communications.

Chris Hyland, Executive Director

   Chris leads efforts at the Partnership through programmatic and fiscal management of the organization. Chris has over 20 years of experience working in water resources, project planning, and restoration of stream habitat. Chris holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Central College (Pella, Iowa) and a Master’s Degree in Environmental & Resource Policy from George Washington University (Washington, DC).  His background includes Water Transactions Training through the Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program, with additional training in water rights analysis and mapping.  He started with the Partnership in 2011.

Sam Chapman, Program Director

   Sam joined the Partnership in 2017 to help manage programs such as water banking and leasing. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Whitman College, and prior to working with the Partnership has worked for environmental nonprofits on the Oregon Coast, Cape Cod, and in the Hudson Valley.

Melissa Fortin, Grant Administrator

   Melissa helps the Partnership with grants, accounting, and finances.