Staff

Robin Johnson

Director of Development

Robin Johnson is the Director of Development at Texas Water Trade.

She oversees and manages all fundraising strategy and development operations efforts. Robin has more than 15 years of nonprofit experience. Formerly, she worked for over a decade at the Environmental Defense Fund, most recently as a Foundations Officer facilitating cross-disciplinary teams to raise and steward over $125 million from institutional and individual relationships supporting water and wildlife, climate and energy, environmental health, oceans, and corporate partnerships initiatives in the U.S. and internationally. Robin started her career as a Small Business Development Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti where she experienced first-hand how the lack of clean and abundant water can impact communities. She holds a MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin, and BA from the University of Redlands. A fifth generation Texan, Robin lives in Austin.

Sharlene Leurig

Chief Executive Officer

Sharlene Leurig is Chief Executive Officer of Texas Water Trade.

She is a sustainable water finance expert with extensive experience in Texas on long-range water planning, infrastructure finance and water transactions. Formerly, she directed the Texas Environmental Flows Initiative, a collaboration of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Harte Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy and several other groups, to purchase water for the bays and estuaries of the Texas Gulf Coast. She also chaired the Austin Water Forward Task Force, which developed a groundbreaking 100-year water plan approved unanimously by the Austin City Council in 2018. She holds a BA in Physics and English from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a fellow in the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, focusing on the role of science in multi-stakeholder resource planning and dispute resolution. Ms. Leurig lives in Austin.

Christine Rosales

Senior Executive Administrator

Christine Rosales is the Senior Executive Administrator to the Chief Executive Officer and supports the Texas Water Trade Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Texas Water Trade. Before joining Texas Water Trade in 2019, she worked at The University of Texas at Austin as an Executive Assistant at the Dell Medical School and previously as an Executive and Exhibitions Assistant at a non-profit photography organization in Houston. She is currently working toward completion of her Bachelor’s degree.