Montgomery Simus, Co-Founder

A graduate of Yale and Harvard, Mr. Simus’ career has taught him the necessity of leveraging cross-border experiences to accelerate, structure, and develop highly effective alliances. Mr. Simus has more than a decade of experience with leading technology, enterprise software, Internet services, telecommunications, financial services, and energy corporations, including EDS, Oracle, Business Objects, Lehman Brothers, HSBC, and AES.

Mr. Simus has lived, worked, and traveled in more than fifty countries spanning Africa, China, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast & Central Asia. He has experience in building and obtaining finance for technology/telecommunications start-ups, holding accountability for P&L management, and developing and deploying technology-related services for new emerging markets worldwide.

Mr. Simus has a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity and national park policy. Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder and author of the Water Politics ( blog, a conduit for pressing natural resource issues.

James Workman, Co-Founder

Upon graduating cum laude with a B.A. in History from Yale, Mr. Workman began his career as a journalist in Washington, D.C., writing for The New Republic, Washington Monthly, Utne Reader, Foreign Service, and Orion, among others. He then worked as a natural resource speechwriter under the Clinton Administration for Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Mr. Workman has won awards for his environmental journalism and business reporting and is an international water consultant to politicians, businesses, aid agencies, development institutions, and conservation organizations on four continents. He steered the Clinton Administration’s “dambuster” campaign, tearing down river-killing dams, and helped an international team compile edit and launch the landmark Report of the World Commission on Dams.

During seven years abroad, Mr. Workman spent two years filing monthly dispatches on water scarcity in Africa, work that formed the basis for an international documentary. He currently runs a water resource consulting company, Confluence, and lectures at U.S. universities. His first book of non-fiction, Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, ( will be published by Walker & Company in August. He lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco.