Director, Texas Coast and Water Program, National Wildlife Federation
Amanda has 10 years of experience advancing water and coastal policies for the benefit of people and wildlife. Since joining NWF in 2013, she has worked to identify and advance water and coastal policies and ecosystem restoration priorities in Texas and the Gulf region for federal, state, and local decision-making venues. Amanda works to improve the health of Texas bays and estuaries while advancing the use of nature-based solutions to natural hazards exacerbated by our changing climate. Amanda holds a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she focused on environmental and water law, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University. As a mom of two young boys, Amanda is passionate about preserving Texas’ treasured natural resources for future generations.
Deputy Director, Texas Coast and Water Program, National Wildlife Federation
Jennifer has 17 years experience focusing on water policy/resources issues in Texas with an emphasis on water planning, water conservation and bay and estuary protection issues. Jennifer strives to work collaboratively and approach resource management challenges with a solution-oriented perspective. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Colorado River Alliance and serves as the Vice-Chair of Austin’s Water Forward Task Force. Jennifer has a BS in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer and her family like to camp near rivers where they can listen to the frogs sing at night.
Communications Manager, Texas Coast and Water Program, National Wildlife Federation
Jonathan has over 10 years of experience in environmental and educational communications. He has researched and published on human-water interactions with a particular focus on the long-term ecological footprints of large-scale water projects. His work as a communications specialist has involved organizational re-branding, media outreach, copy writing, and web design. Jonathan has an MA in Environmental History from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently completing his PhD dissertation on the ecological impact of early modern mega-dams. Jonathan also spent a season as the head of an international high school in the Indian Himalayas, a place that occasionally rivals Austin as his one true home.
Adaptation and Coastal Resilience Specialist, Texas Coast and Water Program National Wildlife Federation
Arsum has 5 years of research experience in climate change impacts, adaptation and coastal resilience. At NWF, she strives to advance climate adaptation efforts, particularly nature-based approaches, to deal with the potential impacts of climate change and associated extreme events across the Gulf region. Prior to joining NWF, Arsum received her PhD in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of South Florida where she spent her time analyzing, writing, and publishing on climate impacts and adaptation decision-making in small islands using a systems approach. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Panjab University, India. Through her work, Arsum aims to address the challenges posed by climate change to our social and ecological systems across the Gulf using a science-policy interface.
Water Policy & Outreach Specialist, Galveston Bay Foundation
Danielle became a member of the Texas Living Waters Project in August 2019. Her interest in environmentalism and curiosity on how natural systems function inspired her to attend the University of Toronto for her undergraduate degrees in environmental geography and environmental studies. Later, she continued her studies at the University of Georgia School of Law. During her time at Georgia Law, Danielle interned at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 office and served as a Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellow working on coastal resiliency projects. Danielle enjoys playing competitive sports with friends and going on outdoor adventures with her dog, Bozeman.
Water Resources Specialist, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter
Alex Ortiz serves as the Lone Star Chapter’s lead coordinator on the Texas Living Waters project. His work as a Water Resources Specialist with the Sierra Club includes the Lone Star Chapter’s Sustainable Management and Resilient Texas Waters project—an initiative focused on water quality standards, discharge permits and the impacts of oil and gas development on water supply and quality. Alex has a BA in Linguistics from New York University and a JD from Tulane University Law School where he also received a Certificate in Environmental Law. His studies at Tulane focused heavily on the intersection of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.