Staff and Board

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.

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. Ms. Leurig lives in Austin.

Sarah Schlessinger

Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Sarah Schlessinger is Secretary and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.