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Adam Butler

After graduating from the University of Texas in 1996 with a Communications and Leadership Studies diploma Adam went on to an award winning, seven year run with legendary Texas advertising agency GSD&M. In 2002, he co-founded Butler brand development studio. His studio has led brand defining work for Austin FC, College Board, Texas Children’s Hospital, Truth Initiative, Chariot Energy, and a host of beloved Texas brands.

He is a founding board member of Farmshare Austin, a member of Austin Park Foundation’s Groundbreakers and currently serves the Shield Ranch Foundation as a fundraising steering committee member. Adam is a grateful husband to his wife of 17 years, Julie Butler and together they are the proud parents of three boys; Wilson, Davis and Noah. When not at work you’ll find Adam outside; most often on a bicycle, swimming in the sacred waters of Barton Springs, or somewhere in the Texas state parks system.

Anderson Bynam

Andy is a Managing Director with Mesirow Financial, Inc. in the Public Finance Department. He focuses on servicing municipal clients primarily in Texas as well as other states across the South and mid-Atlantic. Andy has more than 30 years of public finance experience including over $100 billion in bond transactions for water and sewer facilities, utilities, general infrastructure, housing, and education.   Andy has participated as a board member for the Greater Houston Area Red Cross, Jazz Houston, Inc., the Houston Area Urban League, and the Community Artists Collective among several civic endeavors.

Susana Canseco

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.

Kinnan Golemon

For over three decades, Golemon was a Partner with Brown McCarroll, LLP, where he was the senior member of the environmental team. From 1992 to 2006, he served as General Counsel for the Texas Chemical Council, the association representing the approximate 80 chemical manufacturing operations in Texas. He was a founder of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section and during a 30-plus year tenure in the American Bar Associate (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) Law he held numerous leadership positions. In 2008, he was inducted as an initial Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). He presently serves on the Executive Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Energy, Law and Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Golemon served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961-69, which included tours in Cuba, Okinawa, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Mary Kelly

Mary is currently a Partner at Culp & Kelly LLP, a mission-driven law and policy firm that is focused on water and natural resources in the American West. Previously, she managed a consulting firm, Parula, LLC that dealt with freshwater concerns, representing clients such as The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). From 2002 through 2010, she served as Vice President for EDF’s Rivers and Deltas program, promoting stream flow protections in Texas, as well as managing EDF’s water work in California, Louisiana and North Carolina. Prior to that she led the Texas Center for Policy Studies for 13 years. The Center worked on a variety of environmental projects in the state, including U.S./Mexico border environmental issues,  water policy, toxic pollution and pesticide regulation. Her earliest legal work was with the partnership, Henry, Kelly, Lowerre, and Frederick, a Texas firm dedicated to representing non-profit groups, ranchers, farmers, and neighborhood associations in environmental matters.

Reagan Kneese

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

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.

Eddie Lucio III

Before he was elected to the Texas House, he worked for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. During his tenure as a state representative, Rep. Lucio served on over fifteen different Texas House substantive and procedural legislative committees that exercised jurisdiction over various state agencies and myriad policy subjects. In addition to his membership in those committees, Rep. Lucio served as Chairman of the Texas House Environmental Regulation Budget and Oversight Subcommittee (80th RS), Chairman of the House Rules and Resolutions Committee (85th RS), and as Chairman of the House Insurance Committee (86th RS).

Rep. Lucio attended Texas Tech University on an athletic scholarship before receiving his BBA and a law degree from the University of Texas. During his service in the Legislature, Representative Lucio has worked on legislation that is essential to the development and long-term interests of South Texas and to aide in securing Texas’ water future.

In addition to his law practice, Rep. Lucio is a small business owner that has worked to bring his passion for fitness to the Rio Grande Valley. As the proud son of State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Mrs. Herminia Lucio, Rep. Lucio credits his entire family — especially his wife Jaime Barrera Lucio and his children Olivia Rose Lucio and Eduardo Andre “Luc” Lucio IV — with providing him the support and inspiration to fiercely advocate for the constituents of District 38 over the last 15 years.

Missy Mandell

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.