Stratecon Inc. is a strategic planning and economics consulting firm specializing in water. We provide advisory services in the acquisition of water rights throughout the western United States and in the sale and leasing of water rights and water supplies to public and private sector water users, as well as provide proprietary research services, and expert testimony. Stratecon brings together the disciplines of economics, finance, natural resource management and law to develop innovative solutions to commercial and public water policy issues.
Stratecon also produces Journal of Water, Hydrowonk Blog and Stratecon Water Policy Marketplace:
Journal of Water is a paid subscription journal reporting on the important, path-breaking and innovative developments in water resources in the Colorado River Basin, Texas and elsewhere in the Southwest.
Hydrowonk Blog is an open intellectual marketplace for the water industry… a forum to exchange information and perspectives. Stratecon invites you to join in the conversation at Hydrowonk.com and click on Hydrowonk Blog.
Stratecon Water Policy Markets was developed as the platform for our prediction markets. Thousands of prediction markets have been used by the public and private sector to improve planning and decision-making. We believe it’s time for the water industry to embrace the potential power in the collective wisdom of prediction markets. We invite you to join the crowd in our new venture and make your predictions, as we address pressing future events confronting the water industry. Your participation is free. Visit Hydrowonk.com and click Stratecon Water Policy Marketplace.
Rodney T. Smith is President of Stratecon Inc., an economics and strategic planning consulting firm specializing in the economics, finance, law, and politics of water resources. He was also manager of a water rights fund in 2005 for DB Zwirn, lead a water rights and infrastructure project for investors through Southwest Texas Water Resources, L.P. and currently serves as President of Baja Norte Water Resources LLC and an affiliated Mexican entity involving the marketing of desalinated Mexican seawater in the United States. Rod is also currently involved in the early stage, start-up of a water company in Texas.
Rod is involved as an advisor in the acquisition of water rights throughout the western United States and in the sale and leasing of water rights and water supplies to public and private sector water users. He has consulted extensively for public and private sector clients, including high net worth investors, on business and public policy issues concerning water resources. Recently, Rod served as a consultant to a major new water transfer study by the Western Governors’ Association and the Western States Water Council.
Rod received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Stratecon, Michael worked as an Investment Associate at JS Capital, a $2 billion family office that manages the wealth of Jonathon Soros and the firm’s partners, focused on alternative investments. Prior to JS Capital, Michael worked as an investment analyst for Soros Fund Management, a $28 billion hedge fund turned family office that manages the wealth of George Soros and his family.
Michael began his career at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking and asset management divisions, and has also worked in investment banking at Moelis & Company, as a hedge fund consultant at RIMA Senvest Management, and leading entrepreneurial ventures, including starting a beverage company.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Global Business), Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California.
Marta L. Weismann provides research support for all aspects of Stratecon’s services. Marta oversees the selection, research and development of content for the Journal of Water, and she dedicates significant time to the Stratecon Water Policy Marketplace, helping to identify and develop questions about pressing issues in western water, composing background information and compiling noteworthy news.
Marta joined the firm in 2000 as a researcher for Water Strategist, which was published through 2010, initially focusing on providing water market information for the “Transactions Update,” and to accomplish that work, she maintained a network of both public and private sector water professionals. Before joining Stratecon,Marta worked as an adjunct instructor at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California and Citrus College in Glendora, California and provided tutoring services in research methodology to graduate students in the Public Administration and Organizational Management programs at the University of La Verne.
Marta received a Master’s degree in Politics from the Claremont Graduate University and completed additional graduate coursework in research methodology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of La Verne and has an Associate’s degree in Mathematics from Riverside Community College.
Kelly Dietz provides project coordination for Stratecon and works with the various public relations, lobbying, engineering and finance teams assembled to facilitate Stratecon’s many business activities including the Water Fund projects, Consulting & Advisory Services and marketing the Journal of Water and Water Policy Markets.
Prior to joining Stratecon, Kelly organized teams across many business sectors including engineering consulting, manufacturing, finance and legal business sectors. She has worked with top executives across the globe and has coordinated trade shows worldwide.