Biography: Jim Thebaut

Jim Thebaut is an accomplished and experienced CEO, President with expertise and extensive achievements as an environmental planner, journalist, Executive Producer of documentaries, educator, world traveler and ambassador of diplomacy and a public policy expert.

As Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Producer of the Chronicles Group, Inc, a non profit 501 (c) (3) Corporation he's influencing critical public policy about the threat of the evolving global humanitarian water crisis and its dire effect on international security. He has managed multi-disciplinary teams and created the public information education documentary feature projects THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST: ARE WE RUNNING DRY?, RUNNING DRY, THE COLD WAR AND BEYOND and his most recent video’s THE SENATOR PAUL SIMON WATER FOR THE WORLD ACT OF 2011 and RUNNING DRY: BEYOND THE BRINK (Preview).

He has organized two significant Capitol Hill events on February 2005 and May 2007 and his public policy leadership and vision led to the enactment of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act which authorizes funding for water and sanitation in developing nations. Furthermore, on July 28th, 2009 he organized a National Water Policy Event and June 16, 2010 an event focusing on Drought, Water Scarcity and International Security in the 21st Century. Both events were held at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington D.C. In addition, on September 16, 2011 he organized a Water Education Event at the United Nations.

Also as an Executive Producer/Producer and journalist, Jim Thebaut has strived to educate, motivate and entertain diversified international audiences through his socially significant and acclaimed films. He has been affiliated and produced for CBS, ABC News, HBO, The Arts & Entertainment Network, Public Television and his films have been distributed and broadcast throughout the world. Specifically, this includes the CBS dramatic special, A DEADLY BUSINESS, Arts and Entertainment’s EXECUTION AT MIDNIGHT and BAD COPS and the HBO documentary THE ICEMAN TAPES: CONVERSATION WITH A KILLER (being adapted as an independent theatrical feature film which is to be released in 2012.)

As President of Jim Thebaut Associates and Vice President, Environmental Services for Northwest Environmental Technology Labs, Thebaut also managed multi-disciplinary technical teams through successful execution of complex environmental projects in the Pacific Northwest. He managed teams of scientists, sociologists, economists and other experts and accomplished hundreds of environmental impact statements, energy and regional planning studies which have led to major public policy and a model for groundbreaking environmental analysis. Specifically, he managed the first programmatic environmental impact statement ever accomplished in the United States, THE ENERGY 1990 STUDY which established energy conservation policy in the City of Seattle and Pacific Northwest.

Jim Thebaut holds a MS degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, a BA degree from California State University at San Francisco and Bachelors in Landscape Architecture (BLA) from the University of Washington.

What Others Are Saying About Jim Thebaut

"I had the pleasure of working with Jim Thebaut in an advisory capacity when he was producing the documentary Running Dry.  Working closely with him in South Africa, exposing him to some of the complexities and tragedies associated with water, gave me an insight into Jim Thebaut the human being.  When confronted by deeply impoverished families suffering under the debilitating burden of HIV/AIDS and witnessing the tragedy of marginalized people eking out an existence on the fringes of society scarred by decades of Apartheid,  Jim’s true qualities came through.  Not only is he technically competent in his field of documentary filmmaking, Jim is also a compassionate human being who is gifted with the art of storytelling in a compelling and credible way that helps to change attitudes.   Jim is a man of enormous integrity and it is this fundamental quality that comes through in all his work."

 -- Dr. Anthony Turton, Director of TouchStone Resources (Pty) Ltd. Republic of South Africa

“Jim Thebaut has awakened and activated a large audience about the scale of the global water problem.”

--Timothy F. Brick, Chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors


Project Synopsis

Still Photos - Image Gallery

“The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry” - Trailer

Film Credits & Special Thanks

Interviews (in alphabetical order)


Jim Thebaut Water Strategy For USA

Jane Seymour - Biography

Michael Horse - Biography

Running Dry - Artwork

About The Chronicles Group


the american southwest: are we running dry?