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JAYNE HARKINS, P.E.
COMMISSIONER
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

            Jayne Harkins was appointed U.S. Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, by President Donald J. Trump in 2018.  As Commissioner, she serves as head of the U.S. Section of the Commission, overseeing personnel in twelve offices along the U.S.-Mexico border and in Washington, DC.  The Commission is responsible for applying the boundary and water treaties between the two countries.  It operates and maintains various infrastructure projects along the U.S.-Mexico border, including international storage dams, hydroelectric power plants, flood control levees, wastewater treatment plants, and monuments demarcating the international boundary.Commissioner Harkins is the first woman Commissioner for either the United States or Mexico in the 129-year history of the Commission. 

            Since 2011, Commissioner Harkins worked for the Colorado River Commission of Nevada as the Executive Director. During her tenure at the CRC, she provided leadership and consultation on various efforts to secure additional water and hydropower resources for Nevada.  She also represented the State in interstate negotiations of Colorado River water and power. The CRC oversees the delivery of over 500 MW of federal hydropower and supplemental resources to 23 power customers in southern Nevada. 

            From 1984-2011, she worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, including 7 years as the Deputy Regional Director of the Lower Colorado Region in Boulder City, Nevada.  In that capacity, she represented Reclamation interests in meetings and conferences with the representatives of state and federal agencies, the government of Mexico, tribes, water and power users, contractors, landowners, and the public.  She supervised water and power operations for the region and oversaw seven Reclamation offices.

            Ms. Harkins has received numerous awards during her career, including the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award, and was inducted as a 2010 National Honorary Member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.  She also served as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the Lower Colorado River Multi Species Conservation Program. 

            Commissioner Harkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of North Dakota with an emphasis in hydrology and groundwater, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. 
           
            Commissioner Harkins and her spouse are from Boulder City, NV and have two adult children.