Meet Wayne S. Wright, CFP, PWS
Sr. Principal Wetland Scientist

Water resources
Wetland science
Fisheries science
Habitat assessment & design

Seattle, WA


As a senior scientist, Wayne’s role is to help teams formulate approaches and apply sound technical practices for gathering and evaluating scientific data. As a market intelligence leader, Wayne works with GeoEngineers’ staff of all levels to craft business-development strategies, develop training programs and assist with pursuits to win contracts for the firm.

“GeoEngineers is a truly different firm compared to others in similar service arenas,” Wayne says. “I have worked in this field for a long time. We have the sharpest, brightest teams I have had the pleasure to work with, and a one-of-a-kind strategic plan that empowers us to reach farther, be significant and truly make a difference.”

In addition to his work at GeoEngineers, Wayne volunteers his professional expertise as a lecturer and speaker on issues related to water resources and management. He also serves on the national board of directors for the American Water Resources Association (AWRA). “At no greater time in history does America, and the world, need comprehensive leadership to guide the changes that are necessary to secure future generations with adequate water resources,” Wright said. “For me, AWRA is the one organization that matches my personal and professional interests in meeting and overcoming these challenges.”

Outside of work and his volunteer efforts, Wayne makes travel a big priority – from South Africa to Mexico to Europe. He also spends most weekends on the golf course and cooking gourmet meals that he matches with a fine collection of wine.


  • SAME Design Excellence Gold Award – Fish Passage Improvements for the US Navy Railroad, Bremerton WA, 2014
  • ACEC-Washington, Bronze Award, Engineering Excellence Awards, Knapp-Wham Irrigation Diversion Improvement, Chelan County, WA, 2010 
  • ACEC-Idaho, Excellence in Engineering Award, 45 Ranch Habitat Restoration, Southern Idaho, 2009
  • National Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Project of the Year, 45 Ranch Habitat Restoration, Southern Idaho, 2009


  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
  • Member, American Fisheries Society
  • Member, Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Member, American Public Works Association
  • Member, Society of American Military Engineers
  • Member, North American Lake Management Society
  • Member, River Restoration Northwest
  • Member, Rotary International

Selected Presentations & Articles

  • Pacific Northwest Foresters Forum – Annual Conference Couer d’Alene ID: A regional view of ecosystems, fish, water, timber, and people: The importance of collaboration and integrated natural resource management in the Northwest. (Speaker, 2015)

  • AWRA – National Conference Tysons Corner, Virginia: Current Approaches to Flood & Drought Management (Moderator and Speaker, 2014)

  • Cascadia Green Building Council – An Upcoming Water Crisis in the Pacific Northwest? (Speaker 2014)

  • AWRA Idaho Section – Climate Change and What it Means to Idaho – (Expert Panelist and Moderator, 2014)

  • AWRA – Proactive Flood and Drought Management: A Selection of Applied Streategies and Lessons Learned from around the Uniteid States - (Editor, 2013)

Recent Field Notes

Water Management Requires Integrated Solutions
By Wayne S. Wright, Nov 5, 2015
Our nation is in a state of constant recovery from natural disasters. Most...

The Importance of Forests
By Wayne S. Wright, Feb 27, 2015
I recently spoke at the 14th Annual Foresters Forum in Coeur d’Alene,...

Don’t Fear Client Feedback, Embrace It
By Wayne S. Wright, May 28, 2014
What does client feedback, entrepreneurial idea generation and business...