Hello! My name is Annie Lalonde and I’m thrilled to be working as a Legal Extern for the Colorado Water Trust this semester.
Before moving to Denver, I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and later attended Miami University of Ohio (not the warm one in Florida), where I majored in both of my passions: International Studies and Sustainability.
These became my passions back in 2016 when my high school took us on a trip to Guatemala. On this trip I became very close to the family of eight that we were helping build a new home. They collected rainwater in a tarp and yet were still willing to share everything they had with us. Meeting these incredibly kind people forever altered my view of everyday human necessities that I take for granted, like water. I knew I wanted to work in a field that encompassed my love for the environment and for the humanitarian rights affected by it.
To make a difference in this field, I knew I wanted a career in law. So, I chose a city that resonated with my passion for the environment while offering me the education I needed to get there—Denver. I currently attend University of Denver Sturm College of Law where I am focusing on Water Law and International Environmental Law.
It has been a joy to be working with people so likeminded and passionate about water at the Colorado Water Trust. Living in Colorado has allowed me to share in even more experiences with water that keep me motivated for the work I pursue. Whether it be swimming in St. Mary’s Glacier or tubing in Clear Creek (where I learned whitewater tubing is not a lazy river experience) Colorado is filled with water that deserves protecting.
I’m so fortunate to have found a place that allows me to align my passions with their mission!