About the Colorado River Alliance
The Alliance’s primary goal is to educate today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders, ensuring a legacy of a healthy river, sustainable use of water resources, and communities dedicated to protection and conservation.
Champion the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement
A healthy, flowing river is imperative to the long-term well-being of the communities through which it runs.
With a commitment to innovation and collaboration, the Alliance provides educational and engagement activities that empower Texans with knowledge and tools to protect the Texas Colorado River and ensure its long-term vitality.
By crafting meaningful, memorable hands-on experiences and providing access to information about the River; always with a commitment to innovation and collaboration.
Founded in 1994 with support from LCRA, the Alliance is now a standalone 501(c)3 leading programs which reach 14,000 community members and school children annually. The Colorado River Alliance continues to partner with LCRA to provide river stewardship education and to be a champion for the people, ecosystems, communities, and businesses that depend on this essential natural resource.
Educate & Engage
Innovative programs, inclusive outreach, community engagement
Meet our team
A passionate community servant well-known for vision, creativity, and consensus building, Adrienne volunteers as Vice Chair of External Relations for the Board of Directors of the Global Association of Fundraising Professionals and as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Austin Outside, a group that champions outdoor places for all throughout Greater Austin.
Adrienne attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Adrienne enjoys yoga and taking long walk with her son and two dogs.
She manages a passionate team of volunteers and interns to teach elementary school students the importance of conserving and protecting the Texas Colorado River through the Field Trip Program. Katie also plans and facilitates environmental action and community outreach events, including creek cleanups and restorations in the Austin area.
Katie holds a B.A. in journalism and Spanish from The University of Alabama.
A native Austinite, Natalie is passionate about making a difference in her hometown. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Development at UT’s College of Fine Arts and started her career at Austin-based nonprofits Emancipet and the Austin Film Society.
Natalie attended Syracuse University where she studied journalism. She can typically be found cooking, reading or on a walk with one of her dogs.
She instills an enthusiasm for water science in 7th graders all over the river basin by bringing the Mobile River to schools for an immersive experience. Emily also coordinates the Lake Travis Cleanup program which brings Central Texans together to clean the waters and shoreline of Lake Travis.
Emily loves spending time outside, practicing yoga, and gardening in her free time.
As Communications and Programs Coordinator, Madyson serves the CRA team by serving and fulfilling the outreach needs of the organization while accomplishing its mission to champion the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River by increasing youth stewardship through bilingual programming. She is motivated to bring up a generation inspired to protect and uplift their vital water supply.
In her free time, Madyson enjoys bouldering, spending time outside, and hanging out with her cat, Stella.
Board of Directors
John Erskine, Chief Operating Officer, Cloud Imperium Games Corporation
Jennifer Walker, Senior Water Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation
Justin Westmoreland, Regional President Central Texas Area, Prosperity Bank
John Pitts, Jr., Principal, Texas Star Alliance
Breck Harrison, Litigation Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP
Wade Webster, President & Chief Operating Officer, Pinnergy
Sally Allen, Senior Director of Foundation Relations, University of Texas at Austin
Susan Bufkin, Educator, Community Volunteer
Susan Butler, Global Technology Lead, Integrated Water Resources Management, Jacobs
Hondo Powell, Vice President of Regional Affairs, Lower Colorado River Authority
Augusto Villalon, Account Director, Freese and Nichols
David Yeates, Senior Vice President Commercial Lending, Prosperity Bank
Under the direction of Founding Member Ray Wilkerson, the Advisory Council members serve as critical community champions for the Colorado River Alliance. With key stakeholders and decision-makers from throughout the Colorado River basin, members share their gifts in service to our mission by providing professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local and regional resources, colleagues, and peers; and their philanthropic support. The Advisory Council has no governing function within the organization.
John Dickerson, III
The Friends of the Colorado River Endowment is a separate 501(c)(3) corporation that manages a small fund to support the Colorado River Alliance’s programs.
Jim DeCosmo, Community Volunteer
Mike McHenry, Wedding Oak Winery
Robert Neblett, Jackson Walker
Ray Wilkerson, Ray Wilkerson Companies
Steve Cooper, Emerald Ag Investments