Elle Benson

Southwestern Water Program Coordinator

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Elle Benson joined the TRCP as a contractor in July 2022 and became the full-time Southwestern water program coordinator in January 2023. She works on water policy in New Mexico, with an emphasis on the Rio Grande, Gila, and San Juan rivers.

Before serving in this role, Elle was a legislative correspondent for Senator Ben Ray Luján, working on the environment and natural resources portfolio. In this position, she facilitated stakeholder relationship building, recommended legislative action, participated in drafting legislation, and managed a constituent outreach portfolio.

Previously, Elle conducted her master’s thesis in Gila, New Mexico, working with irrigators to identify various policy priorities related to drought mitigation and response. In graduate school, she held internships in Xochitil Torres Small’s congressional office and at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, where she did research on global desalination policies.

Born and raised in southwestern New Mexico, Elle developed an early relationship with the outdoors by horseback riding through the Gila. In her free time, she can be found hiking, backpacking, and taking her dog on strolls near the bosque.

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