Betsy Otto

External Advisory Board Member

Betsy Otto is a Senior Fellow with the Word Resources Institute’s (WRI’s) Global Water Program. Over the past several years at WRI, Betsy has led development of Aqueduct™, a global water risk-assessment and mapping tool to inform private- and public-sector investment and water-management decisions. Betsy works with the Water Program team to develop and apply tools and information and to engage businesses, NGOs, and governments to create positive change in managing water resources worldwide. Betsy also works with staff across WRI to incorporate water considerations and sustainable solutions for cities, energy, governance, finance, and climate adaptation purposes. With over 20 years of experience working on water resource management, ecosystem protection, and urban water systems, Betsy has worked to promote sound land and water planning and urban water infrastructure systems that incorporate upstream ecosystem services, include green infrastructure designs in cities, and integrate drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater management. Betsy earned a master’s in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute, a master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois. From 2006–2007, she was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she studied international water management, urban infrastructure, and water and sanitation issues. Betsy served as a member of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board.

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2016 - 2019
Areas of Expertise
water resource management and policy
Research Interests
climate change
and water resources management
Methods of Expertise
policy research