Jeanne Fernandez is a staff scientist with the Water Group in Davis, CA. She joined SEI in January 2019 to work on water resources modeling in the US and internationally.
At SEI, Jeanne is helping build water allocation models in SEI’s Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system for the California State Water Resources Control Board. She is also contributing substantially to the watershed analysis and the poverty and gender components of the WATCH project in Bolivia.
Prior to joining SEI, Jeanne worked as a water supply and drainage engineer in the utility sector in Denmark. She developed a high level of expertise in using urban water models, geographic information systems (GIS), and database management tools to design drinking water distribution systems and flood mitigation infrastructure. In particular, she supported the decision-making on Copenhagen’s climate adaptation plans.
Jeanne also has experience in the NGO sector, formulating development projects and capacity building efforts with local organizations in India and Tanzania in the field of water management and sanitation.
Jeanne has a broad background in environmental engineering that covers both technical and socio-economic issues, allowing her to adopt a holistic approach to water resources planning. She earned MSc degrees from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and from Denmark Technical University.