Prior to serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Assistant Secretary Water and Science, Ms. Gimbel was the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. She was responsible for carrying out the policies and directives of the Board relating to the conservation, development and utilization of the state's water resources, and works closely with the State Engineer, General Assembly, the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources, and the Governor on water resource issues for the State of Colorado. She was Colorado’s representative on interstate and intrastate water issues, including issues relating to flood control, water conservation and drought planning, water information, river restoration and environmental aspects of water management. She was involved with federal and state legislation pertaining to water resources and represents the State of Colorado on commissions and entities such as the Arkansas River Compact Administration, the Upper Colorado River Commission, the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum, the Western States Water Council, and the Missouri Basin States Association.
Jennifer has over 20 years experience as a water attorney, working first for the Wyoming Attorney General and then for the Colorado Attorney General on water, natural resource, and environmental issues. Before accepting the Director position, Jennifer worked for the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation on Indian water rights, collaborative efforts on the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico, and state and federal water rights issues.
Gimbel graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School where she also received a bachelor of science degree. She earned a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Delaware. She has authored numerous articles and presentations on water law, federal reserved water rights and the Endangered Species Act.