Meet our team

The Texas Living Waters Project is a collaboration of conservation groups working together to ensure fresh water will always reach its natural destinations. For our wildlife, our economy and our kids.

Want to talk fresh water? Contact us individually using the email buttons below or reach out through our Contact and Directions page.

Tom Spencer
Program Director, National Wildlife Federation
Tom Spencer is the Program Director of the Texas Living Waters Project. Tom has a public service career spanning over 35 years. For most of that time, he served as a Producer and Host of Public Affairs programming for KLRU-TV, Austin’s Public Broadcasting affiliate. In addition he has served as the CEO of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) and Executive Director of I Live Here, I Give Here. Tom is passionate about the outdoors and expresses his love of nature through photography, writing and gardening. He also hosts the Emmy Award winning gardening program “Central Texas Gardener.”
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Jennifer Walker
Senior Program Manager for Water Programs, National Wildlife Federation
Jennifer has 15 years of experience focusing on water policy issues in Texas with an emphasis on water planning, water conservation and bay and estuary protection issues. Jennifer has considerable experience working on water policy/resources issues and strives to work collaboratively and approach resource management challenges with a solution-oriented perspective. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Colorado River Alliance and 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.
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Myron Hess
Principal, Law Office of Myron Hess PLLC; Tributary Consulting
When not working on legal and policy issues related to water quantity and quality, Myron likes to head outdoors in search of a bird, whale, crayfish, praying mantis, or just a cool plant. He also enjoys exploring Texas streams and springs, listening to singer-songwriters, traveling, and learning about new developments in science. Myron traces his love of the outdoors to his childhood days on a farm in north Texas. His fascination with nature led him to major in wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University and his time as a teacher and school administrator with responsibility for middle-school boarding students redirected him to law school at the University of Texas.
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Norman Johns
Water Resources Scientist, National Wildlife Federation
Norman is the man behind the numbers at National Wildlife Federation. He performs analyses of the possible impacts of changes to our rivers on the aquatic life in the rivers and at the Texas coast. The number crunching is the easy part – his work also entails making these results understandable to the public, the press, and decision makers. Norman increases his outdoor time by bicycling to work and is an avid camper and traveler.
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Annie Schmitt
Counsel, National Wildlife Federation
A former private practice attorney, Annie uses her past legal experience to represent wildlife and bring a voice for Texas’ rivers and streams to the negotiating table. Her work focuses on legal challenges and policy analysis in an effort to encourage more environmentally protective laws and policies so that everyone can enjoy the river flows and wildlife of the natural waterbodies of Texas. A lifelong environmental enthusiast, Annie is a water lawyer, conserver and general fan. Annie is an avid learner and attended Stanford University, where she earned degrees in English and History and picked up a passion for the Pacific, and UT – School of Law. She spends her free time mentoring students and traveling as much as possible, visiting (and rafting, canoeing or just floating in) different bodies of water.
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Lizzie Jespersen
Communications and Outreach Manager, National Wildlife Federation
Lizzie develops and implements strategies for reaching new audiences and engaging Texans in the Texas Living Waters mission. In a recent past life, Lizzie worked in the journalism industry, where she collaborated with newsrooms across the country to strengthen their news products and to make the transition to digital news distribution. Lizzie is constantly plotting how to spend more time outdoors, and usually does so through photography, rock climbing, hiking or fly fishing.
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Ken Kramer
(Volunteer) Water Resources Chair, Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter
Ken provides an historical perspective on water issues in Texas with over 40 years of experience as a volunteer or professional working to protect and conserve the water resources and environment of the state. He is actively involved in regional and state water planning, environmental flows protection efforts, and the advancement of water conservation, among other water initiatives. Ken serves as the environmental representative on the state's Water Conservation Advisory Council and numerous other water advisory groups. In his spare time Ken has backpacked in most of the states in the western United States and now spends much of his time managing his rural property in Austin County, which has been in his family for almost 100 years.
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