Adrian Oglesby

Adrian Oglesby

Director, Utton Transboundary Resources Center

Areas of Expertise


  • Adrian Oglesby began his tenure as the Director of Utton Center in 2014.
  • He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and has practiced water law since 2000, including working with the Utton Center on many projects.
  • Oglesby’s legal career has been focused on river and riparian restoration, agricultural preservation, efficient water management, governmental accountability, and fish and wildlife conservation. He has advised irrigation districts, acequias, Pueblo and tribal governments, farmers, environmental organizations, and local water providers.
  • Since joining the Utton Center, Oglesby has led research projects on drought resilience, water policy and management, water and economic development in rural New Mexico, local food and small agriculture, and community outreach on the Aamodt adjudication for the County of Santa Fe. 
  • Oglesby established and managed the New Mexico Living Rivers Program for The Nature Conservancy and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. 
  • He is currently a Board member at Rivers Edge West (formerly the Tamarisk Coalition) and a member of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program’s Advisory Council. 
  • Oglesby is a past Vice Chair of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, past Chair of the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law section of the New Mexico State Bar, and past President of the New Mexico Riparian Council.

Additional areas of interest
Oglesby speaks and contributes to many UNM, state, and local entities that have natural resource or water law and policy issues.

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