Q&A with Ben Wyatt, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Communications

June 11, 2024

In two sentences, tell us what you do at The Freshwater Trust.

My job is to work with our philanthropic partners and show them how their support enables TFT to make lasting improvements to our freshwater ecosystems. I also oversee TFT’s communications efforts.

What’s the most important thing you’re working on right now?

The federal government has allocated more than $50 billion for water in the West between 2024 and 2028. This provides a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities in the river basins that need it most, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

What’s something that’s happening at the organization right now that you are very excited about?

We are continuing to expand, both in terms of the rivers and ecosystems we’re working in and the local partnerships we’re creating in these basins. Scaling our impact and reach is essential to address the issues facing our water. I’m excited to see our growth continue and I enjoy the opportunity to meet so many new people working on amazing projects along the way.

What do you love about working for The Freshwater Trust?

I love the cause, the people, and the fact that I get to travel regularly to some of the most beautiful places in this country to meet with decision-makers who are curious about TFT and water conservation.

What was the last book you read or movie you watched?

Last book: Coyote America, by Dan Flores. Last movie: No Country for Old Men, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

What was the last place you traveled?

I travel often, most recently to Wyoming, Connecticut, Washington, and I’m always traveling throughout Oregon.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Probably on a river somewhere.

What’s your number one piece of advice for someone trying to get into this field?

Find a way to work in what you love and are passionate about. If you can work that part out, everything else will fall into place. For my role in particular, make sure you’re a people person who is comfortable asking and receiving challenging questions. Connecting with people and having a sincere interest in learning about others goes a long way.