Kirsten James

Senior Program Director, Water, Ceres

Kirsten James directs Ceres’ strategy for mobilizing leading investors and companies to address the sustainability risks facing our freshwater and agriculture systems. Her work includes leading the Valuing Water Finance Initiative, an investor-led effort which seeks to drive corporate action on water-related financial risks. Previously, Kirsten served for five years as the director of California policy and partnerships at Ceres.

Prior to Ceres, Kirsten worked for nine years at a regional water resource-focused NGO, as their Science and Policy Director. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in environmental science and management from the Bren School at University of California Santa Barbara.

Speaker Sessions

Keeping Our Heads Above Water: Navigating Water Strategies for Your Organization

  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Intersectional Track
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
  • Innovation, Technology and Deployment
Session Date
Wednesday, Feb 14 2024 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Zita Botelho Director, Watersheds BC
Kirsten James Senior Program Director, Water, Ceres
Polina Emelianova Americas Go to Market Lead, Energy and Sustainability, Microsoft
Kate Rich Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Division, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas
Claire Neale Portfolio Director, Water – Western Canada, Cities & Development, AtkinsRéalis