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Jody Debs

  • Chief Administrative Officer and Legal Counsel
  • Water For People
  • , Colorado


  • Undergraduate: BA Economics and Bachelors Journalism University of Missouri 1984
  • Graduate: MA Economics Duke University 1988
  • Law School: JD Duke University 1988

Honors and Activities

Undergraduate – Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Tau Alpha, Gregory Fellowship for graduate study, INCAA Business Journalism Scholarship, Four-year Campbell Scholarship, Student Foundation

Law School – Top 5 students, graduated with high honors, Order of the Coif, Duke Law Journal, Hornbook Award for Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure, recipient of James A. Bidlake Memorial award for outstanding performance in first year research and writing.

Career History

Mayer, Brown & Platt 1988-1994

Bechtel Corporation 1994-2004

CH2M 2004-2014

ARCADIS 2014-2015

HDR, Inc. 2015-present


General Counsel and SVP HDR, Inc. (August 2015 – March 2021)

General Counsel North America ARCADIS (May 2014-August 2015)

Interim General Counsel, North America Commercial Contracts and Global Procurement Director, Director of Risk, Chief Counsel for North America CH2M Hill (August 2004 – April 2014)

Senior Counsel Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation (April 1994 – August 2004)

Associate Mayer Brown (August 1988 – March 1984)


Professional Activities

American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow 2013 – Present

ACEC Legal Counsel Forum (completed 2021)

Engineers Without Borders, Board Member (completed 2020)

Denver University Law School Professor 2010 – 2013


ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

Court Admissions

Illinois State Courts, 1988

California State Courts, 1994 (inactive)

Colorado State Courts, 2004

Community Activities


Engineers Without Borders Board Member

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