Our Story

When I was young, my grandparents bought a small cabin on a shallow bay on the south Puget Sound so that the grandchildren could grow up playing around and safely exploring the water. As we grew older, my grandpa allowed us to row a tiny aluminum boat around the bay but warned us against going past the point. We dreamed of venturing out of the bay into the uncertainty of the wide channel beyond, but we knew we needed more time to prepare. Only after my grandpa taught us how to navigate the currents, inlets and shorelines of the open water did we feel the confidence to strike out on our own. Gliding past the point for the first time on our own was a glorious and defining experience and one that my grandpa made possible. At Big Water Consulting, we seek to take our responsible and appropriately cautious clients beyond their traditional limits so that they can reap the benefits of exploration and boundary testing while developing a greater understanding and appreciation of where they have come from… as we did when we looked back on our cozy, safe little bay from the vantage of the rolling waves of the big water.

- Kevin Klingbeil, Owner of Big Water Consulting

 

Our Mission

Big Water Consulting is a consulting firm located in Seattle, Washington which specializes in helping tribal, governmental and nonprofit clients to identify, collect, analyze and act on data. This data will help these organizations monitor and evaluate their work, make better decisions, generate more support and manage more efficiently. Big Water Consulting and its partner organizations seek to identify lasting solutions that: promote self-sufficiency, incorporate the highest appropriate level of technology, identify and mobilize available resources, reflect organizational, cultural and other values, and diminish our client’s need to hire a contractor to provide a similar service in the future.
 

Meet our Staff

Kevin Klingbeil

Kevin Klingbeil

Amber Hunter

Katelin Jones

Anne Celovsky

Anne Celovsky

Sam Guerrero

Sam Guerrero

Kevin Klingbeil

Kevin KlingbielBig Water Consulting is owned and operated by Kevin Klingbeil. Mr. Klingbeil is a geographer, Indian housing lawyer and former manager for the U.S. Census Bureau during the 2010 Census. Kevin has represented tribal housing clients in government-to-government consultations with the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD concerning ongoing surveys and the collection of housing-related data in Indian country. He has also drafted public comment on behalf of tribal entities concerning the inability of the decennial census and the American Community Survey to collect the data necessary to facilitate the lawful and proper allocation of funds for tribal housing. During his service as regional manager for Quality Assurance for the 10-State Denver Region for the 2010 Census, Kevin served as the primary point of contact with tribes and regional tribal organizations concerning operational issues and advised senior management concerning the impacts of specific procedural decisions on the accuracy of the enumeration within tribal and non-tribal lands.

Prior to working in the fields of Indian housing law and federal data collection as described above, Kevin Klingbeil practiced environmental, natural resources, water and property law in a variety of capacities with organizations ranging from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Rural Development Institute to the Center for Environmental Law & Policy in Seattle, Washington. He also completed an LL.M. degree in International Trade Regulation with an emphasis on sustainable development policy at the NYU School of Law and subsequently served as executive director of the NYU School of Law’s Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice. There he coordinated a variety of research and academic programs and focused his own research on the intersection of economic development, resource management/conservation, social services and national and international trade policies. Kevin has coordinated and contributed to local, national and international projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, at the United Nations, and in rural, urban and tribal areas in the United States. He is an avid traveler, storyteller, reader of nonfiction, observer of nature and people, an advocate for disadvantaged and targeted populations, and a lover of all things strange and remote.

Education and Credentials

Education and Credentials

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, New York, NY
LLM, International Trade Regulation (Emphasis on Sustainable Development Policy), 2002
Legal Research Assistant, International Trade Law versus Domestic Conservation Policies, and Clean Air Act & Emissions Credit Trading ~ Representative of New York University and Yachay Wasi Peruvian NGO, World Summit on Sustainable Development (“Earth Summit”), Johannesburg, South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW, Seattle, WA
Juris Doctor, 2000
Environmental Law Track Certificate ~ Co-Chairperson, Environmental Law Society

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, Columbia, MO
Bachelor of Arts in English / Bachelor of Arts in Geography, 1996
Summa cum Laude ~ English & Geography Departmental Honors ~ Phi Beta Kappa ~ Honors College Certificate~ Mortar Board National Honorary ~ Student Marshall, College of Arts and Sciences Commencement

Bar Admissions

United States District Court of the District of Colorado (Admitted 2007) • Colorado (Admitted 2006) •
Winnebago Tribal Court (Admitted 2006; Inactive) • Washington State (Admitted 2000)

Affiliations

Board Member/Director, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation (2012 to Present) • Member, Washington State Bar
Association (2000 to Present) • Volunteer Lawyer, Chief Seattle Club’s Urban Indian Law Clinic • Mentor, First Place School • Member, CBA Civil Rights Committee and CBA International Law, Water Law, Environmental Law and Natural Resource Law Sections (2006 to 2009) • Member, WSBA Environmental and Land Use and Indian Law Sections (2006 to 2009; 2011-Present) • Facilitator / Observer, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2001 to 2002) • Committee Member, United Nations NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (2001 to 2002)

Publications / Presentations

Update of 2010 Census Activities in Indian Country. United Native American Housing Association Quarterly
Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 13, 2009.

Panelist, Immigration Law Panel. Annual Colorado National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Conference, Colorado Springs, May 8, 2007.

Featured Monthly Speaker. “Indian Law: Past, Present and Future.” National Association of Legal Secretaries,
Denver, Colorado.

Book Review Essay (2 books). Tomas Larsson. The Race to the Top: The Real Story of Globalization. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2001, and Constantine Michalopoulos. Developing Countries in the WTO. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2001; Book review essay published at Global Law Books.org, 2002.

Common pool resource management and grazing land management models included in Prosterman, Roy and Hanstad, Tim, eds., Legal Impediments to Effective Rural Land Relations in Eastern and Central Asia: A Comparative Perspective, World Bank Technical Paper No. 436, Europe and Central Asia

Katelin Jones

DSC00135Katelin Jones is a Social Survey Specialist with Big Water Consulting. Katelin was born and raised in Chicago, IL and attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana where she received her undergraduate degree in Social Work. Katelin recently completed her Masters in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago with a concentration in research and nonprofit program evaluation/quality improvement. Katelin’s previous work experience has centered around issues related to urban poverty and community engagement. At the Chicago Jobs Council, she engaged in research and survey creation to support disadvantaged job seekers. At Emmaus Ministries, an organization providing services for homeless men involved in sex work, Katelin acted as a Case Manager and Volunteer/Intern Director. Katelin also spent time working with communities in Kigali, Rwanda and Manila, Philippines. Katelin is primarily interested in using her research and data analysis experience to support and encourage community led projects.

Anne Celovsky

Christine PinhoAnne Celovsky is a Social Survey Specialist with Big Water Consulting. Anne grew up in Michigan and moved west to attend Reed College for her undergraduate degree. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and stayed to complete two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in Eugene, Oregon where she coordinated a community health assessment. Working with local communities to identify their health needs solidified her desire to further study public health. Anne recently completed her Masters of Public Health degree at Columbia University with a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health. Her thesis explored the health impacts of drought and water insecurity for vulnerable populations in the United States. She is passionate about using her health and survey expertise to help communities gather and utilize data to improve their quality of life.

Sam Guerrero

DSC00135Sam Guerrero is a GIS Analyst with Big Water Consulting. He completed his undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Systems at California State University, Northridge. He uses web applications like ESRI’s Collector and Fulcrum to coordinate and facilitate field staff operations, and relies on survey applications like Limesurvey to administer door-to-door field data collection projects. On the web development side, he develops data dashboards that allow clients to visualize the progress and efficiency of the field operation. Sam strives to maximize the GIS potential of Big Water Consulting clients, and enable them think spatially when it comes to solving problems.


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