Board

Susana Canseco

Board Member

Susana Canseco, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is an attorney and rancher living in San Antonio, Texas. 

Susana grew up in Del Rio, Texas and Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, where she helps run her family’s multi-generation cattle ranch.  In her legal practice, Susana specializes in water-rights and real estate transactions and administrative practice.  She has represented land and water owners, as well as groundwater conservation districts, and regularly writes and speaks on water law.  Following law school, Susana clerked for the Honorable United States District Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas.

Jay Kleberg

Board Member

Jay Kleberg, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is a conservationist and a documentary filmmaker.

Jay Kleberg is the co-founder of Explore Ranches, connecting travelers with more than 500,000 acres of historic ranches in the American West. He is also the producer of an upcoming natural history documentary, Deep in the Heart, and was part of a team that produced the feature-length documentary The River and the Wall. Jay previously served as Associate Director and Director of Conservation Initiatives for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Prior to his work in Texas, he co-founded a Brazilian-based adventure travel outfitter and conservation organization. Jay is a graduate of Williams College, holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and lives in Austin with his wife and three daughters.

Reagan Kneese

Board Member

Reagan Kneese, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is the EVP of Operations of Palisade Pipeline LLC, a pipeline developer and operator providing sustainable water solutions.

Palisades Pipeline is constructing a high capacity water pipeline to deliver non-potable, sustainable reclaimed water from the City of Lubbock, Texas to the Permian Basin with the ability to preserve an estimated 70 million barrels of ground water per year.  Reagan brings 19 years of experience in commodity logistics to the water space allowing for fresh market driven ideas toward conserving the resource.

Reagan graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1999 and now resides in Houston with his wife Jacqui and their 3 children.

Jeff Leuschel

Board Member

Jeff Leuschel, a board member at Texas Water Trade, specializes in public finance law and is a partner at the law firm of McCall, Parkhurst & Horton L.L.P.

He currently represents numerous entities in the financing of public infrastructure projects, including the Texas Water Development Board, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Cities of Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. Among his many accomplishments is the development of the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT) bond financing structure.

Missy Mandell

Board Member

Missy Mandell, a Texas Water Trade Board member, is a seasoned policy and business consultant and political strategist with more than 40 years in governmental relations, public policy development, alliance building, community networking, and issues management in both the public and private sectors.

In 2008 she founded Mandell and Associates, a strategic consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. Mandell currently works with electric and water utilities, and with clients in energy and environmental industries to create successful business development strategies that range from policy development to legislative advocacy to communications and public outreach campaigns. Mandell graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been involved in many community activities in Central Texas, including Friends of the Children, the American Heart Association, and the Center Child Protection. She and her husband have three children.

Donald Perkins 

Chair of the Board of Directors

Donald Perkins is Chair of the Board of Directors at Texas Water Trade.

He has served as the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s President/CEO since 1995. Since 2013, he has served as the Executive Director of the Harte Charitable Foundation, developing their investments in the stewardship of and sustainable development of the Gulf of Mexico. The Harte Charitable Foundation provided catalytic financial support for the launch of Texas Water Trade.

Dean Robbins

Board Member

Dean Robbins, a Texas Water Trade Board Member, is the former General Manager of Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA).

Previously, Robbins worked for the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) where he last held the position of Deputy for the Office of Water with broad responsibilities for many of the State’s water programs. Dean has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas. He continues to consult through his company Robbins Advocacy.

Carlos Rubinstein

Board Member

Carlos Rubinstein, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is a founding member of RSAH2O, a water advisory group, and a Senior Advisor to Poseidon Water.

He served as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board from 2013-2015. He also served as Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from 2009-2013. Prior to that appointment, he served as Deputy Executive Director of TCEQ and as Rio Grande Watermaster.

Sarah Schlessinger

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Sarah Schlessinger is Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Texas Water Trade.

She is the Executive Director of the Texas Water Foundation and worked previously on groundwater policy and regulation as Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts. She has extensive experience with international nonprofits working on water issues.

Stephen L. Tatum Jr.

Board Member

Stephen Tatum Jr, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is an attorney at Cantey Hanger.

He’s recently returned to his native Fort Worth after nine years in Austin working for and representing the State of Texas. He served as Deputy Commissioner to Commissioner Toby Baker at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Greg Abbott. He advises clients on state and federal environmental, energy, government, and regulatory matters.

Lori Traweek

Board Member

Lori Traweek, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is the CEO and General Manager of Gulf Coast Authority.

Lori has worked 27 years at GCA, in various roles including as Manager of Operations, Assistant General Manager, and was promoted to CEO/General Manager in 2017. Lori also serves on several local boards including serving as Vice-Chair of the Galveston Bay Foundation, President of the Texas Conservation Fund, the Economic Alliance of Houston – Port Region, the Baytown-West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation, the Texas Water Conservation Association and the Texas Water Conservation Association Risk Management Fund. In addition, Lori represents GCA on the Galveston Bay Council, the governing body of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, serving since 1999 as both Vice Chair and Chair. In 2008, Lori was appointed to the Trinity-San Jacinto Rivers and Galveston Bay Basin and Bay Area Stakeholders Committee representing recreational users by the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group of the Texas Senate and still participates in that capacity.

Stacy Walters

Board Member

Stacy Walters, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is the Regulatory Environmental Administrator for the City of Fort Worth, Texas. 

Stacy’s responsibilities include oversight and coordination for Fort Worth Water Department (FWWD) environmental legislative activities. After joining the Fort Worth Water Department, she has worked as a Chemist, Quality Control Supervisor, and Water Quality Manager.  Her 30 plus years of experience in environmental science has afforded her opportunities in project management, regulatory compliance, and program maintenance as required for federal and state regulations. Stacy was instrumental in the City of Fort Worth’s laboratory becoming the first municipal laboratory in Texas recognized as nationally accredited by TCEQ through the National Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP).  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree/Biology (minor in Chemistry) from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.