Mark Davis

Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

“I don’t think you can succeed in this work if it does not become a part of culture. And culture as expressed largely through art. I think that the things we care about as a people, locally, nationally, internationally are expressed, essentially, not in the number of white papers, not the number of lawsuits, not the number of public works projects, its really expressed in culture. You actually work for or fight for those things you care about.”

Mr. Davis joined the Law School as a Senior Research Fellow and as the founding Director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy in January 2007. For the prior fourteen years he served as executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana where he helped shape programs and policies at the state and federal level to improve the stewardship of the wetlands and waters of coastal Louisiana, one of the world’s greatest coastal and estuarine resources. He has practiced law in Indianapolis, the District of Columbia, and Chicago and has taught at the Indiana University (Indianapolis) School of Business and the IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law in Chicago. Mr. Davis has lectured widely on the topic of water resource management and stewardship and has testified numerous times before Congress on the need for a focused and effective commitment to the viability of coastal Louisiana and other vital natural treasures.

Photo: Nick Slie